Toll rises to three; 21 new patients admitted

Dengue fever claimed another life on Thursday night, taking the toll to three, while 21 new patients were admitted to various hospitals across the city.

Chakra Bazaar resident Sweety Handa, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here but was taken to Amritsar when her platelet cell count dropped to 13,000, died there last night.

Six more patients, including Dhoopsari resident Satya Rani, Iqbal Singh of Aliwal, Ravi Kumar of Gandhi camp, Satnam Singh of Thathiari Gate, Happy of Orhi Gate and Lakhwinder Kaur of Thathiran Mohalla, suffering from suspected dengue fever, were admitted to the local civil hospital, and 15 people were admitted to private hospitals.

As the cases continue to multiply with each passing day, residents blame the administration's apathy for the spread of the disease.

While earlier most cases were reported from Gandhi Camp and its surrounding localities, from the past two days, residents of the inner city, especially Chakri Bazaar, Bhandari Mohalla, Qila Mandi, Pahari Gate and Thathiari Gate were also falling prey to the fever, as proper sanitation was not maintained in these areas.

Blaming the administration for the death of three people, income tax practitioner Rajinder Mahajan alleged that due to the "apathetic approach" of the administration, especially the sanitary inspector, every nook and corner of the city was full of garbage, which had not been removed for the past many days.

"Thathiari Gate residents asked the sanitary inspector of their locality to get it cleaned many times, but the officer paid no heed," he alleged.

Former assistant district attorney CL Narang alleged that though the administration was claiming that fogging was being done in all parts of the city, it was done only on paper, and most static tanks in the city were full of stagnant water, giving rise to panic among residents.

Tibba Bazaar resident Pardeep Kumar, 22, died of dengue a few days ago, and police constable Sukhdev Singh of Talwandi Barth succumbed on Sunday during treatment at a private hospital at Amritsar.


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