The nine-month-old was from the Kasewadi slums in Bhawani Peth here, which had, a few days back, witnessed the death of a 35-year-old woman of swine flu. The child was admitted to the paediatric isolation ICU of Sassoon hospital on August 26 and passed away at 7.30 pm on Sunday, according to joint director of the state health department Ashok Ladda.
The 15-month-old girl, Nikita Shendge, was from Kolhewadi village in Ahmednagar district. She had been admitted to KEM hospital here on August 27. She was shifted to Sassoon hospital in a critical condition on Sunday and died at 7.40 pm.
The third death was that of 42-year-old Vilas Padale of Tungarli village in Lonavla. A railway employee attached to the Lonavala railway station, Padale was shifted to KEM hospital in a critical condition on August 27.
The fourth victim was 26-year-old Anil Nikam of Ramnagar in Dhankawadi, who died at the Bharati hospital at 9.30 pm. All four patients had tested H1N1 positive.
Meanwhile, doctors at Sassoon hospital were upset over the late admission of 15-month-old Nikita from KEM hospital.
Speaking to TOI, Dr Aarti Kinikar, head of the paediatric isolation ICU of Sassoon hospital, said, “The girl was shifted to our hospital at 6.30 pm in a critical condition. She was administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, but we were unable to revive her. She passed away at 7.40 pm. The baby could have been saved had KEM hospital started Tamiflu at the right time. Even the X-ray report of the baby showed that her chest was clear at the time of admission to KEM hospital. She developed a bilateral pneumonic patch after two days and became critical.”
When asked about this, V L Yemul, medical administrator of KEM hospital, said, “It’s true that the baby was suffering from high grade fever and breathlessness. But we didn’t suspect her as a possible patient for the H1N1 flu. Since Tamilflu has a high toxicity level, we thought against administering it to the child indiscriminately.”