Merchant Navy officer dies of Swine Flu in Lucknow

Lucknow: A merchant navy officer died of swine flu in the city on Thursday evening. The resident of Krishnalok area of Alambagh was undergoing treatment at the swine flu ward of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences since February 5. This is the third swine flu death in Lucknow, even as 53 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
Chief medical officer of Lucknow SNS Yadav informed that Swatantra Saksena, working in Merchant Navy, was admitted to SGPGIMS on February 5. "He was critical at the time of admission and responding poorly to treatment. He suffered a cardiac arrest at 1.30pm on Thursday but survived the shock with immediate management. His condition, however, continued to deteriorate thereafter resulting in another cardiac arrest that led to his death," Yadav told reporters.

Members of Swatantra's family said the 45-year-old man was visibly healthy and just complained of flu at the time of admission. Another reason for their worry is that the man's five-year-old son is also down with swine flu. He was diagnosed H1N1 a day after his father took ill and was quarantined at home. CMO claimed the boy was fine.
A total of 53 swine flu patients have been detected in Lucknow so far, he said.

A retired Army officer died of H1N1 virus on January 9, while the wife of a retired jawan died on January 13 in the state capital.

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