By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is investigating the circumstances leading to seven unexpected patient deaths since last October.
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero told the media on Friday that the patients, who all suffered from respiratory and flu-like symptoms and abdominal problems. He said the cases, four of which occurred between and November, 2015, originated from all over the country. The other three deaths, also from different districts, occurred this month.
According to Manzanero, the Ministry of Health had sent two samples taken from the patients abroad for testing for the N1H1 virus, but those results came back negative.
The KHMH issued a press release on Friday, explaining that it is coordinating with the Ministry of Health to conduct a full epidemiological investigation into patient cases it has received which displayed a severe, atypical form of pneumonia.
“It is natural for the KHMHA to be in a position to identify potential cases as we are the National Referral Hospital and as a result receive the most complicated cases in the country,” the release states. “There are no positive confirmatory test results for these cases so far.”
The hospital advises everyone during the flu season to make good hygiene a priority and to exercise frequent hand-washing and cough etiquette, and to get flu shots available at the various health centrea. It also advises patients suffering from flu-like illnesses to visit the nearest health centre.