The recent flu outbreak has taken a toll on people, with 11 being admitted to hospital with a possible flu. There have been six fatalities till date which have worsened the situation. Now, prayers were offered at the Donegal nursing home as the sixth patient was buried.
There are a lot of family members who are in shock with the deaths of their near and dear as health officials are doing their best to curb the situation. There are nearly 39 residents that are under observation, out of which 11 have shown possible symptoms of flu and other respiratory viruses. The authorities have also restricted the movement of visitors to make sure there is no spread of the bug and doctors have been urged to monitor the situation very closely regarding elderly resident of the hospitals.
Although there have been claims from the public health doctors of Health Service Executive (HSE), stating that they have done a lot to bring the outbreak under control, the number of patients surfacing tell a whole different story. After the death of sixth patient, HSE has issued a review to find out the reasons and circumstances behind the deaths and determine if more could have been done to prevent them.
The funeral of the sixth patient, Sr. Eugene Fullerton, was to be done at the nursing home where he died but due to quarantine restriction of the heath authorities, it was moved to a different place. Margaret McGuire and Bill Nicholl, who also died recently because of the flu, were buried on Tuesday morning. The other deceased, Bernard Breslin of Redcastle, Donegal, was brought to Glasgow for burial, while Michael Plunkett McVeigh was buried in his hometown of Buncrana. Both of them were between the age of 85 and 98.