With the death of a 33-year-old army garrison engineer, the capital reported its first suspected dengue death on Tuesday morning.
Major Vikas Kumar was admitted to Research and Referral Army Hospital on Friday with high fever, vomiting and acute body pain.
His subordinates also confirmed that he had been keeping unwell for the past one week and was regularly coming to work, before his condition worsened and he had to be shifted to the hospital.Although the doctors had earlier in the day confirmed that he was a case of dengue, they refused to comment on the cause after his death.
“Even this morning after he passed away, the doctors confirmed that it was a case of dengue, but they retracted later saying that the blood samples have been sent to National Institute of Communicable Diseases for confirmation,” said a colleague, unwilling to be named.
When contacted, Lieutenant General O.P. Matthew refused to confirm the cause of the death stating that the samples have been sent for examination.
Originally from Jharkhand, Major Kumar lived in the Delhi Cantonment area. Son of Basudeo Singh, Major Kumar is survived by his wife and his daughter.
Meanwhile the total cases of Dengue in Delhi have touched 86, confirmed N.K. Yadav, Medical Health Officer, Municipal Corporation of Delhi. There are seven more reported cases, which the civic authorities claim, are from other states.
The stark reality however remains that even the total figure of 93 is grossly incorrect. Several cases go unreported, as there is no system in place to maintain a database of dengue cases coming to private hospitals or clinics. The situation in the neighbouring state, Haryana is also fast getting out of hand with as many as 320 cases reported so far.
As many as 38 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Gurgaon and are reported to be out of danger.