Boy with swine flu symptoms leaves Delhi hospital, brought back

June 17th, 2009 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) A 16-year-old boy who was admitted in a city hospital with suspected swine flu symptoms walked away Wednesday reportedly citing unhygenic conditions, but was brought back within hours.
The boy was a member of a group of 20 students from the Venkateshwara International School in Dwarka here that went to the US on an educational tour of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

He was admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital in west Delhi Sunday after he showed swine flu-like symptoms. But his family apparently was not happy with the facilities offered at the isolation ward of the government-run hospital and on Wednesday morning the boy left for his home in nearby Vikaspuri.

“We came to know that the boy walked out of the hospital without informing the health authorities. We immediately rushed a team and brought him back. He has been admitted to the isolation ward in the hospital again,” Delhi Health Secretary J.P. Singh told IANS.

Asked if the boy had left because the hospital had no arrangements for treatment, Singh said all facilities have been provided.

The national capital Wednesday recorded four new swine flu cases, including a six-year-old boy, taking the total number of flu affected people in Delhi to nine and in the country to 35.

With the increasing swine flu cases in the capital, the city government Wednesday asked all the Delhi government hospitals to prepare isolation wards within two to three days.

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