Thu | Sep 21, 2017

JUST IN: Second medical doctor dies from swine flu-related complications ... overall death toll now at six

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 3:22 AM
The doctor, who was just over 60 years old, had been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online

A second medical doctor has died from H1N1 (Swine Flu) related complications.

The doctor, Denise Duncan Goffe, is the sixth person to have died since the virus was first reported here in January.

Duncan Goffe, who was just over 60 years old, had been admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

The acting chief medical officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says she was in the high-risk group as she had other complications.

Health authorities have confirmed 69 swine flu cases from 187 tests since the start of the year.

In the meantime, De La Haye is urging people with flu-like symptoms especially those with other complications like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems to immediately seek medical attention.

"This is not the time to sit by and watch things," he said.

De La Haye has expressed sympathies to the family of the doctor.

He said all six patients with swine flu to have died had other ailments.