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Delhi’s dengue bluff: Just 4 died officially, but HT finds 19 in one locality

Abuzar, 14, died at Apollo Hospital on September 13. His death certificate says he died of “dengue shock syndrome with multiple organ failure”. But the 14-year-old does not figure in the city’ s municipal records of dengue deaths. Nor do the names of 18 other residents of Shaheen Bagh and Abu Fazal enclave in Jamia Nagar who died of the mosquito-borne disease.

delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2016 15:59 IST
Dengue deaths

Family consoles Sadaf, mother of 14-year-old Abuzar suspected to have died of dengue in southeast Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. (Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Abuzar, 14, died at Apollo Hospital on September 13. His death certificate says he died of “dengue shock syndrome with multiple organ failure”. But the 14-year-old does not figure in the city’ s municipal records of dengue deaths. Nor do the names of 18 other residents of Shaheen Bagh and Abu Fazal enclave in Jamia Nagar who died of the mosquito-borne disease.

Death certificates of 10 of these victims and blood test reports of seven others show they died of dengue, but civic bodies have refused to budge from their official count of four deaths and 1,378 infections in the Capital this year.

The locality in south-east Delhi has a population of around 100,000. According to activist Sameer Khan, at least 30 people have fallen to dengue in the area in the last two months. Families of two victims have left for their ancestral village, neighbours said.

Questioning the official toll, local lawmaker Amanatullah Khan said three of his relatives had died of dengue and more than thousand other residents were unwell. “Every family in our neighbourhood has someone or the other unwell. How can there be only four deaths? Three of my relatives have died. I meet MCD officials every day and we are using 10 fumigation machines across the area,” Khan told HT.

Three deaths were reported from Shaheen Bagh’s D Block and almost every other lane has either lost a resident or is suffering from fever.

Area councillor Shoaib Danish is also learnt to have been down with fever. “Why is the government hiding the deaths when they should be identifying the problem and solving it?” asked 30-year-old Mohammed Javed, who lost his four-year-old daughter to the disease on September 12, two days after she was hospitalised with fever.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation, however, continues to live in denial. “We declared four deaths because the case history of all other deaths has been sent to a committee probing the cause of death. The final reports are yet to come out,” said SDMC additional commissioner (Health) Meeta Singh.

LIST OF CASUALTIES
HT confirmed at least 19 deaths in Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal Enclave due to dengue.

Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal Enclave are in the south-eastern part of the city. Located within an area of 4 km

Next to the banks of the Yamuna, the two areas next to each other are under the Okhla constituency.

The total population is around 80000-100000

It comes under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Out of the 4 dengue deaths confirmed by MCD till now, 2 were from Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal


KIDS
MOHAMMED ZAID, 4 months
-E 28, Shaheen Bagh
-Died on September 14
-Death certificate report reads ‘severe dengue with hepatitis’

IFRA, 2,
- C-285/2, Shaheen Bagh
-RML hospital: Died on August 31.
Medical documents show her platelet count at 30,000
- Family has not collected death
certificate

SUHAN, 3,
- E/156 Shaheen Bagh
- Holy Family hospital: Died on
September 5. Family says he had 101 fever
- Yet to collect death certificate

SANAYA, 4,
- E 159,Gali number 4, Shaheen Bagh
- Holy Family hospital: Died on
September 12. Cause of death
‘severe dengue’’

NAAZ, 5,
- H-64, Abul Fazal Enclave
- Lok Nayak Hospital: Died at on September 9. They have a blood test report, which is unclear.
- Family says they weren’t given a death certificate.

ARBAZ NOOR, 8,
- F 69, Shaheen Bagh
- Holy Family hospital: Died on August 31.
- Death certificate reads ‘ severe dengue.’

ARMAAN KHAN, 8,
- F 275 Shaheen Bagh
- Batra hospital: Died on September 4 at. His last platelet count was 14,000
- Family does not have death
certificate

FARHAN HABIB, 12,
- D 64, Shaheen Bagh
- RML Hospital: Died on 21 August.
- House locked

MUSKAAN, 13,
- G-77/2, Abul Fazal Enclave
- Safdarjung Hospital: Died on July 29.
- Though family has no death
certificate, MCD has confirmed
Muskaan’s death as dengue
related.

ABUZAR, 14,
- E/38/1, Shaheen Bagh
- Apollo hospital: Died on September 13. Platelet count 30,000.
- Death certificate reads he died of ‘dengue shock syndrome.’

ASHAD IQBAL, 18,
- C/40, Shaheen Bagh
- Apollo hospital: Died on August 28.
- Death certificate reads he died of ‘dengue shock syndrome.’


WOMEN
IRAM KHAN, 25,
- N 81, Abul Fazal Enclave
- Apollo hospital: Died on August 31. MCD confirmed her death as dengue related.

SHAHINA BEGUM, 32,
- L 4, Abul Fazal Enclave HAH
- Centenary hospital: Died on August 27. Last platelet count last reads 30,000.
- Death certificate not given.

NAZISH KHAN, 38,
- A 47 Batla House, Jamia Nagar
- Apollo hospital: Died on Aug 12.
- MCD confirmed her death as that of dengue.

DR SHARAFUDDIN, 74,
- Abul Fazal Enclave
- Max hospital: Died on August 31. His house locked. Could not verify independently but neighbours said he had died of dengue.
- Death certificate not available

SAEEDA BEGUM, 87,
- D 7, Shaheen Bagh
- Vimhans hospital: Died on September 10. Last platelet count was 14,000.
- Family does not have death certificate.


MEN
MOHAMMED RASHID, 24,
- F/39 Thokkar 8, Shaheen Bagh
- AIIMS: Died on September 4.
- His platelet count was 58000. Declared brought dead at AIIMS

ARSHAD TEHSEEN, 28,
- F 158, Shaheen Bagh
- Jaypee hospital: Died on September 10 at Noida. Family left for Aurangabad. Relative says dengue count was 18,000.
- Death certificate not available.

● SYED MUSTAFA IMAM, 38,
- 17\13 F-Block, Sir Syed road, Jamia Nagar
- Metro hospital: Died on September 13. Faridabad.
- Death summary reads that he
was diagnosed with ‘dengue
fever with low left lower lobe
pneumonia.’ Later developed
cardiac arrest.