Errant hospitals to be penalised


The minister’s announcement came on a day when three more deaths were reported in the city due to the virus. Nine fresh cases were tested positive for A (H1N1) on Monday, while 27 cases were confirmed on Sunday. With this, the total number positive cases reported from the State have risen to 324.

Two of the victims, 26-year-old Siddaraju and 23-year-old Shivu died at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) here. Fifty-two-year old Sarojamma died at Tirumala Hospital at Kamakshipalya.

Among those who died on Monday, Siddaraju, a resident of Tavarekere, was initially admitted to Victoria Hospital on August 15 after he complained of chest pain.

Later, when he was admitted to Sarvodaya Hospital, he was tested positive for Chikungunya, and his X-ray showed full blown tuberculosis.

Medical Administrator of Sarvodaya Hosptial Dr Nirup said: “The patient could not afford to stay in our hospital, so he was referred to RGICD for further TB treatment.” At RGICD, he was admitted to the TB ward and administered Tamiflu. He, however died on Sunday night. His swab test results that arrived on Monday confirmed him A (H1N1) positive.

Twenty-three-year-old Shivu from Kolar was admitted to RGICD on August 21. Doctors at the Institute put him on ventilator and administered Tamiflu. Shivu was diagnosed with renal failure, and he died on Friday night. His swab results, which arrived on Saturday, tested positive for A (H1N1) influenza.

Sarojamma, 52, succumbed to the flu at Tirumala Hospital in Kamakshipalya late on Monday night. On August 20, doctors diagnosed her with A (H1N1), and Tamiflu was administered to her on the same day.  She was confirmed positive on August 22 and died the following night.

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