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Ghaziabad resident dies, toll now 22

Another person succumbed to Dengue Fever on Sunday even as 61 fresh cases were reported.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 08:26 IST

Another person succumbed to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) on Sunday even as 61 fresh cases were reported in the Capita.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited his grandsons at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and reviewed medical facilities available in the institute.
The outbreak has claimed 22 lives so far and 886 cases have been reported.

The latest casualty, 23-year-old Vinod, died at AIIMS. The patient was Ghaziabad and died within hours of admission. "He came to us in a very critical state with clear signs of hemorrhage," said Dr DK Sharma, Medical Superintendent, AIIMS.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur went from bed-to-bed in general wards and interacted with patients before visiting their two grandsons and a son-in-law in a private ward at the hospital. Rohan was discharged from the hospital following recovery, while the father-son duo Madhav and Vijay are likely to be discharged on Monday.

Other politicians and their families are also falling prey to the disease. Bihar JD(U) president Lallan Singh, suspected to be suffering from dengue was flown in from Patna and admitted to AIIMS. The 51-year-old MP from Begusarai, has been running high temperature but his condition is stable.

Three members of the family of Harender Singh Malik, a Rajya Sabha MP from Haryana, were also admitted to the AIIMS with suspected dengue.

Situation grim but under control

The Centre on Sunday said the situation arising due to spread of dengue fever in 18 states, which claimed 47 lives so far, was serious but under control.

Union Health Secretary PK Hota said the situation was grim but under control. All major hospitals in the affected states were equipped with staff and equipment to handle the rush of patients.

There were enough beds, medical supplies, blood and platelet, said Hota. More than 3,500 have been affected by the disease.  Appealing to the people not to panic, Hota said, "The situation is serious. But it is not out of hand."

Briefing the media after a meeting with cabinet secretary BK Chaturvedi, who reviewed the dengue situation in the country, he said people have to be cautious and take preventive measures.

He advised the people to take medicines and prevent mosquito bites in their homes and other premises. They should take voluntary steps to remove water from water coolers and other spots near their house and office buildings, said Hota.