K. T'ganu woman's death not H1N1-related: State Health Dept

Zarina Abdullah

KUALA TERENGGANU: The state Health Department has confirmed that an elderly woman's death at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) here, yesterday morning, was due to complications from a number of chronic diseases, and not related to Influenza A(H1N1).

News of the woman's death, rumoured to be from H1N1, went viral on social media yesterday.

State Health Director Dr Mohammad Omar said the woman, aged 59, from Kampung Pulau Musang here, died while undergoing treatment at the HSNZ's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at 8.10am.

"The patient suffered from several chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure," he said.

"She had been undergoing dialysis and suffered a cerebral infarction in her brain, which left her comatose. It had nothing to do with H1N1," he said in a statement.

Dr Mohammad added that the public should verify the information they receive via social media before sharing it with others.