The first 'official' death of H1N1 was not the first casualty to swine flu. It has now come to fore that a woman from Srinagar was admitted at SMHS Hospital under MRD number 14927 and died on February 8 of H1N1.
According to sources, many patients with suspected or confirmed H1N1 infection are being treated at SMHS and allied hospitals.
However the SMHS authorities gave varied and contradicting numbers.
MS SMHS Hospital, Dr. Nazir Choudhary stated that the hospital was treating four 'suspected cases of H1N1' in its Surgical ICU (SICU).
"Their reports have not been received but they are being treated for H1N1," Dr. Choudhary said.
GMC Principal Dr. Rafeeq Ahmed Pampori said, "We have one patient suspected of having H1N1 infection. He is in SICU. In addition, one pediatric patient is undergoing treatment at GB Pant Hospital."
SMHS Hospital seems to be least prepared to handle the emerging scenario due to H1N1. Instead of isolating the suspected cases, the patients are being put in SICU with other patients.
A source revealed that all other patients in SICU were given prophylactic Tamiflu because they are 'very susceptible' to contracting this infection.
Greater Kashmir has also learnt that many doctors on duty at SICU are also taking Tamiflu in absence of 'protective gear'.
"Even the doctors are kept in dark. This is criminal," said Dr. Adil Ashraf, Spokesperson Resident Doctors Association (RDA) SMHS and Associated Hospitals.
Eyewitness account of CD Hospital revealed that work on lab and ward was going on at a slow pace and the promise of authorities to have it running in two days seems too optimistic.
Meanwhile, SMHS Hospital authorities maintained that the isolation ward was being prepared at CD Hospital and that the work on testing laboratory was also going on.
"When the ward will be ready, patients will be shifted to CD Hospital," Dr. Pampori said.
However, stakeholders are skeptical about the efficacy of having a ward in CD Hospital. We receive critically ill patients here. Sometimes they are not in a condition to be shifted, especially when there are no well-equipped ambulances," said a senior doctor at SMHS Hospital.
Reports of residents of Dalgate ransacking the furniture at CD Hospital were also received, but authorities refused to comment on that.