A postmortem on Friday confirmed that 34 year old Stavros Georgiou, who died at Nicosia Hospital’s intensive care unit on Wednesday morning, suffered from Influenza A.
The post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Nicholas Charalambous. Pathologist Panicos Stavrianou who represented the family told the media that it showed that Georgiou died of complications for influenza A.
The family has reported a case of possible medical negligence to police. His sister told the media that Georgiou had gone to Larnaca Hospital several times but was given only cortisone and inhalers, told he was suffering from laryngitis and sent home.
He was finally admitted on Saturday and from there sent to the intensive care unit of Nicosia Hospital where he died on Wednesday morning.
Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou has ordered for an investigation into the death. He sent back an initial report submitted yesterday as inadequate as it apparently reported only the treatment the patient had received after he was admitted to hospital, and not from the first visit he had made as an outpatient on January 30.
Meanwhile amid reports that stocks of flu shots were running out, particularly in the private sector, the Health Minister said on Friday that the state would be ordering another 5,000 should the need arise.
He also said that although there has been a surge in flu cases, it was not an epidemic.