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Two succumb to A(H1N1) influenza

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COIMBATORE: Two persons died of A(H1N1) influenza at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital here on Wednesday, taking the total number of flu deaths in Coimbatore this year to seven.

While a man died shortly after being shifted to CMCH from a private hospital around noon, the woman was brought in on Monday.

Public health authorities said that the man from Telungupalayam and the woman from Majeed Colony – both within city limits – were suffering from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and liver disease.

They said the woman suffered from diabetes, hypertension and asthma. The man was being treated for a liver disorder.

Deputy Director of Health Services S. Senthilkumar said these problems put them in the high risk category. Their immunity level was poor. “We will check for any travel or contact history on Thursday. We could not do it on Wednesday as the families were occupied with the last rites,” Dr. Senthilkumar said. A tight surveillance would be carried out in the neighbourhood where they lived.

CMCH Medical Superintendent A. Mathivanan said both patients were brought to CMCH very late from private hospitals where they were being treated.

The man was on life-support system when he was brought in. He died with half an hour.

The hospital official was anguished at the poor response to the free vaccination programme for Below Poverty Line families.

“The government gave us 50,000 doses of intra-muscular vaccine and 50,000 doses of nasal vaccine. We began the vaccination on November 4. But, only 550 to 600 doses have been used.”

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