Sunday 15 December, 2019

Woman dies from swine flu at Sando hospital

The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has maintained that all procedures were followed in the treatment of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital, who died from swine flu. 

According to an article published in the Guardian newspaper on Thursday, Nicole Seepersad, 47, from Tabaquite is believed to have contracted swine flu while working as a taxi driver.

Her family alleges that they were only told days after her death that she had contracted the virus.

In a statement, the SWRHA said it followed proper protocol in carrying out the necessary tests, the results of which came back nine days after.

“In keeping with the SWRHA's Protocols, nasopharyngeal swabs to test for the Influenza A (H1N1) "Swine Flu” were taken on December 10, 2018, and sent to the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health Laboratory. The laboratory results were returned nine (9) days later.”

The Authority said on receipt of the results, the woman’s relatives were immediately contacted to discuss the findings and to provide vaccinations for those who had been in contact with her. The SWRHA extended condolences to the family and friends of the woman.

The Authority said it continues to be on heightened alert and surveillance for swine flu cases and has coordinated all its facilities to be fully prepared for any further presence of the disease in the South-West region.

The Authority is urging all citizens to practice good hygiene (washing hands) and proper respiratory etiquette (cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze, etc). Any person displaying flu-like symptoms is urged to visit their doctor or health centre immediately.

The SWRHA reiterated its commitment to reducing the spread of the disease and encouraged members of the public to visit any of the 31 Health Centres and 3 District Health Facilities located at Couva, Siparia or Princes Town to receive the Influenza vaccine free of charge.

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