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Dengue claims 4, health dept in denial

gurgaon Updated: Oct 10, 2012 01:15 IST
Himabindu Reddy

As the number of dengue and other vector-borne cases soars correspondingly the gap between the figures brought out by the administration and private hospitals widens.

According to the public health department, the dengue count has touched 111, while malaria has reached 591 - crossing the last year's figure of 526.

Private hospitals, on the other hand, have reported four dengue deaths this season, a figure that is denied by the health department officials. Besides, the dengue count given by private hospitals has crossed 170.

"On an average, we admit about 15 dengue patients a day," said Dr Vishal Sehgal, head of emergency and in patient services at Artemis Health Care. The hospital has registered 131 patients till now.

Adding more trouble to the health department, residents of some sectors have refused to cooperate with the volunteers roped in by the department to spread awareness and educate the masses on the precautionary measures of the highly-communicable fever.

"We went to sector 15 on Tuesday to distribute medicines and mosquito repellants to residents. But they refused to open their doors," said Dilip Singh, president of Gramin Vikas Samiti, the NGO, whose volunteers are paid R100 a day for the two-month awareness programme on dengue.

About 100 volunteers visited sector 15, Surtnagar, Lakshmi Garden, Doonda Heda and Katarpuri on Tuesday. "It was only the residents of sector 15 who behaved like this," Singh added.

The health department also provided the volunteers with identity cards. According to him, the dengue outbreak can be curbed only through people's cooperation.