Jaundice death at IGMC Shimla

Shimla Jaundice Outbreak kills one more new mother after delivery, count reaches 3

Till now all three jaundice deaths in Shimla have been of women who died after their delivery.

SHIMLA- 25-year-old woman died of jaundice at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) on Thursday. The woman, who delivered a baby in Kamla Nehru Hospital here on February 13, was diagnosed with jaundice on February 15 and referred to IGMCH for treatment.

She was a resident of Sanjauli area of Shimla and brought to IGMCH on Monday. She was in much pain as she had undergone Cesarean operation for delivery and got Hepatitis A and E soon after,

said IGMCH senior medical superintendent Ramesh Chand.

Himachal Pradesh jaundice surveillance officer Dr Rakesh Bhardwaj said that till now all three jaundice deaths in Shimla have been of women who died after their delivery.

Two of the three women had delivered their child in Kamla Nehru Hospital and one in PGIMER, Chandigarh. When they were diagnosed with Hepatitis E, they were admitted in IGMCH and died while during treatment,

he added.

He said that on Thursday, 13 new jaundice cases were reported in Shimla and 16 were reported in Solan district. December onwards, as many as 1,513 jaundice cases have been reported in Shimla and 488 in Solan.

Shimla civic authorities suspect that mixing of sewage with the potable water has caused the spread of the water-borne disease. The state high court also took suo motu cognizance in this regard and sought a status report from the government. The Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme supplies water to one-third of Shimla’s population.

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