Swine flu, influenza H1N1, has so far claimed three lives in the Potohar region and health experts fear the situation might get worse if proper treatment facilities are not made available for patients in all public sector hospitals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
A male resident of Taxila, aged 34, was brought to a private hospital in Islamabad last week with flu, fever, headache for three days followed by drowsiness and coma for two days. After three days, the patient suffered cardiac arrest and expired. His serology was positive for H1N1 swine flu.
Some three weeks back, two patients of swine flu died in Wah Cantonment. The patients were tested positive for swine flu by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad.
So far, in this winter, as many as 14 swine flu suspects have been reported from different locations of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Dr. Muhammad Haroon, in-charge ICU of a hospital said that every flu patient, who remains sick for three days, should report to the nearest teaching hospital for screening.
He explained that the symptoms of swine flu resemble that of influenza, which starts with high-grade fever, sore throat, sweating, increased heart rate and headache. The swine flu patients additionally have marked fatigue, dehydration, drowsiness, vomiting, cough, shortness of breath and low blood pressure.”
Dr. Haroon said that a few patients of swine flu also develop rashes and swelling on their bodies. About 25-30% of swine flu victims develop viral pneumonia which rapidly progresses to life-threatening Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), if not treated on time. He said N-95 special masks should be used at high-risk places like hospitals and crowded areas as swine flu virus can be transmitted from one person to another via sneezing and coughing.
Courtesy : fight4health.info