Swine flu: We should educate not scare people, says MS SKIMS

‘3 patients admitted with H1N1, 2 stable, another critical’  

Srinagar, Nov 12 (GNS): Medical Superintendent of SK Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Syed Amin Tabish on Sunday said that we should educate and not scare people on swine flu as the virus was prevalent worldwide and not restricted to Kashmir.

Talking to GNS, Dr Syed Amin Tabish also informed that presently three patients are admitted in the hospital, two of whom are stable while condition of another was critical.

“In Kashmir, people are being scared. Swine flu is prevalent throughout the world like America, UK, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India,” he said, adding, we should educate people and not scare people.

He said that swine flu occurs in winters and “we are expecting cases next month, in January and in February as well.”

“There were four patients admitted in SKIMS. One of them has been discharged while two others are stable and another is critical,” he said.

So far six people have died in SKIMS of the H1N1 virus. The latest of the victims was a 50-year-old patient who was undergoing treatment for swine flu at SKIMS, the Valley’s only tertiary care hospital. The male patient succumbed to the viral infection even as the Medical Superintendent on Wednesday said the he was stable along with four other patients who were undergoing the treatment at SKIMS.

“I patient who was stable yesterday may not remain same next day. His or her can deteriorate,” he said.

On Thursday the government sought within a week a report from Director SKIMS Soura on alleged negligence by its doctors regarding death of a college warden due to swine flu.

“I have sought a report in time bound manner within a week from Director SKIMS regarding the news report about the death of the college warden due to negligence of doctors,” Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development Social Welfare, Health & Medical Education Asiea Naqash had said.

She had assurance GNS strict action would be taken in case casualness on part of doctors and other staff was proved. (GNS)