NRH records 10 respiratory-related deaths – Solomon Star News
The National Referral Hospital has recorded 10 respiratory-related deaths since the country recorded cases of flu-like illnesses in July this year.
The Department of Health and Medical Services said that since July, 1,593 respiratory presentations have been recorded in the emergency department of the National Referral Hospital (NRH).
He said of those, there were 10 respiratory-related deaths.
“Five of these deaths involved people between the ages of 44 and 84 who had underlying medical conditions and the other five involved children between the ages of 0 and 14, two of whom had a known underlying condition,” said the Ministry.
He said that of the 10 deaths, four had AH3 flu, one with chlamydia pneumonia, two had not been taken, one swab was invalid and one swab was negative for any virus or bacteria and the other result is still waiting.
“Laboratory tests continue to show that respiratory viruses are the cause of the outbreak of current flu-like illnesses related to influenza A rhinovirus/enterovirus, adenovirus, and all causes of colds or flu “, said the ministry.
He warned that these viruses can cause serious illness, hospitalizations and death in some people who are more at risk, such as young children and the elderly, people with co-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory diseases and obesity, etc.
The ministry added that respiratory disease cases are being tested for SARS-Cov_2m which causes COVID-19, but the number of samples testing positive for COVID is very low.