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4 deaths, but govt in denial mode

Four dengue deaths have been reported in Gurgaon, with DLF City (Phase 1-5), Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar and Southcity being the worst hit neighbourhoods.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2012 02:11 IST
HT Correspondent

Four dengue deaths have been reported in Gurgaon, with DLF City (Phase 1-5), Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar and Southcity being the worst hit neighbourhoods.

With most dengue positive cases being reported from upscale pockets of Gurgaon, the unofficial confirmed count has crossed 100 with 250 suspected cases, including four deaths. The Haryana government's medical records, however, are stuck to the initial count of 62 cases and no deaths.

Ten cases were reported in Delhi on Thursday, the highest this year, taking the official count to 56. Three of the patients are people who do not live in Delhi.

A dengue headcount at private hospitals and clinics across Delhi, however, puts the numbers at roughly 10 times higher than the official data.

Despite the number of dengue cases over this week, doctors claim the strain is milder this year and most people affected do not require to be hospitalised. There have been no dengue deaths in Delhi.

"The disease is self-limiting and not many required hospitalisation this year. I am asking people to rest at home and to increase their fluid intake. In cases of high fever, paracetamol is the safest drug," said Dr SP Byotra, chairman, department of medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Private schools in both Delhi and Gurgaon have issued alerts to protect children from infection. "We have put up information on our website asking students to apply mosquito repellent creams when they come to school," said Piya Sharma, head mistress of Ryan International School.

Schools have started regular fogging drives in and around the premises as a precautionary measure. "We make sure the fumigation process takes place only on weekends and in the evenings when children are not in the school," said Komal Sood, principal of The Shri Ram School.

"The resident doctor checks students and we spray insecticides in the school premises every evening," said Sudha Goyal, principal of Scottish High International.

Dr SP Yadav, director of Pushpanjali Hospital in Civil Lines area just off the Gurgaon Expressway, confirmed two dengue deaths in his hospital. "We informed the Civil Hospital authorities about these deaths. So far, we have received patients who had tested positive for dengue," Dr Yadav confirmed.

Dr. Parveen Garg, chief medical officer, Gurgaon, denied any deaths: "Many private hospitals are mistaking viral fever with dengue. Blood platelet goes down drastically in the strange viral fever being reported these days. This viral fever also causes multi-organ failure."

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