With 30 new dengue cases reported on Saturday, the total number of persons affected with the mosquito-borne disease in the city has reached 393.
One person, a nine-year-old girl who died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on September 24, is the only official dengue death
in Delhi so far.
Of the 393 cases, five persons are from outside Delhi but had undergone treatment in the Capital.
The maximum number of cases, 59, from the city has been reported from the south zone, followed by central and civil lines zone, with 44 and 41 cases respectively. The New Delhi Municipal Council area has reported seven dengue cases.
With this being the peak time for dengue, the civic agencies are reporting between 30 and 35 cases daily. The hospitals in the city, however, claim the official figures are nowhere close to the real figure as almost all hospitals in the city have at least 20-25 dengue cases admitted for treatment.
“We do get about 35-40 cases daily with dengue-like symptoms, out of which at least five test positive for dengue and an equal number tests positive for malaria, which is also very common this season,” said a senior doctor at one of the Delhi government-run hospitals. The hospital has 25 dengue patients admitted currently.
In Ghaziabad, the district health department has sent 102 samples for confirmation, out of which, three have tested positive, with no deaths reported.
On the other hand, private hospitals have a different story to tell. In Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, four people have died due to the vector-borne disease.
The private hospitals are claiming to admit around 30 patients a day.
“We have sent 102 samples for testing, only three have tested positive,” said Dr GK Mishra, district malaria officer (DMO), Ghaziabad.
In Noida, private hospitals have reported over 100 cases but the health department has confirmed only 10 cases out of the 107 samples tested.
Even though the district hospital, that has tested the samples, had confirmed 26 positive cases out of the first batch of 43 samples it had received for testing, the health department maintained only two cases were found positive. In the next batch out of 48 samples, eight were confirmed positive for dengue.
© Copyright © 2013 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.