A two-and-a-half-year-old boy died of swine flu in Chennai at the private hospital, taking the death toll due to swine flu to 13 in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The child was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai with high fever and tested positive for swine flu on March 6.
Officials claimed the hospital did not report this to the health department and the child was treated in the private hospital. The child died on March 16.
With increasing number of swine flu cases in Puducherry and districts of Tamil Nadu in the recent times, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments insist on testing H1N1 cases in The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer), following the complaints received that tests done in private clinics were not accurate.
Jipmer has done 400 H1N1 tests this year and 54 patients (36 from Puducherry, 17 from Tamil Nadu and one from other state) tested positive for H1N1.