IN THE midst of anti-dengue drive in affected states, 22 more patients have died due to the viral disease taking the toll across the country to 86 and reported cases to 4039.
Dengue has now afflicted at least 16 states with Delhi accounting for 23 deaths and the maximum number of 1101 cases of the mosquito-borne disease followed by 22 deaths in Maharashtra, reports reaching here said today.
A concerned Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss this morning visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which is treating a majority of dengue cases in the national capital, to review medical facilities at the premier hospital. During his hour-long visit, he faced ‘Gandhigiri’ style protest by some resident doctors.
Besides Delhi and Maharashtra, eight persons each have died in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, four each in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, three each in Punjab, Gujarat and West Bengal and two in Haryana.
In Madhya Pradesh, three persons have died of dengue symptoms – one died in Indore on Wednesday - but were not officially confirmed as dengue deaths.
Official figures said as many as 713 cases of dengue have been detected in Kerala, 424 cases in Gujarat, 328 in Rajasthan, 314 in West Bengal, 306 in Tamil Nadu, 282 in UP, 226 in Maharashtra, 181 in Punjab, 86 in Haryana, 60 in Karnataka and 18 in Andhra Pradesh. Other affected states included Bihar, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
A report from Jammu said the number of dengue-positive cases in the division has rised to 11. A woman from Surankot, who had been admitted to a hospital here with the viral infection, has been discharged.