Belying the claims of state government, Resident Doctors Association today claimed that first death due to swine flu in Kashmir took place in SMHS Hospital on February 8, much before the authorities formally announced the outbreak of the deadly virus.
A press handout issued by RDA states the first confirmed victim of swine flu was a lady belonging to Srinagar who passed away on February 8 at SMHS.
"However the officials pressurized the staff not to make the news public," the statement states, adding that one more patient is H1N1 positive and is undergoing treatment in the hospital.
It stated that SKIMS laboratory is not giving printed reports of patients tested for H1N1 virus which is further aggravating the issue.
The doctors' body alleged that no system is in place in SMHS and associated hospitals, especially LD Hospital and GB Pant Hospital, where vulnerable group of people are being treated.
RDA flayed the Directorate of Health for setting up swine flu unit in CD Hospital, stating it is "unscientific" as there are already cases of tuberculosis and chronic lung disease who form a vulnerable group for the disease.
They stated that the administration is clueless about the procurement of vaccination and protective gear for hospital staff working in the swine flu units.
The RDA has impressed upon the authorities that instead of brushing things under carpet, necessary scientific and concrete steps be taken to stop the spread of the disease that has now assumed an alarming situation throughout the state.