INFECTIOUS diseases drew first blood in the State capital on Monday when two kids of a family died of gastroenteritis. Another one, of the same family, was battling for life in a serious condition at KGMU’s Trauma Centre.
Rohit (6) and his younger brother Swayam (2) died of dysentery, vomiting and diarrhoea (DVD) while their brother Golu (4), all residents of Khurramnagar, was rushed to Trauma Centre in a serious condition.
The kids were suffering from DVD since Sunday morning and were being treated by a nearby doctor. On Monday afternoon, the condition of three kids became serious. Two of them later died.
Father of the kids Nankilal is a vegetable seller and is a native of Samastipur (Bihar). Family members of the kids and local residents staged a demonstration at the Khurramnagar police outpost, alleging laxity on part of the administration and the Health Department. They blocked the traffic for hours and demanded compensation for the family.
Senior officials of the Health Department, including chief medical officer (Lucknow) Dr KK Singh, rushed to the scene. The CMO blamed the Nagar Nigam for the incident. He said the deaths occurred due to lack of cleanliness in the area. “The place is full of garbage and is vulnerable to spread of infection,” Dr Singh said.