A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy today died of dengue at the Kanpur Medical Centre here. Now the total number of dengue deaths as reported from various quarters in the city has gone up to three till date.
Though the KMC doctors have confirmed the death due to dengue, neither the district administration nor the health department headed by CMO Dr Vijay Shanker Singh was ready to admit it. They, however, have started accepting that there are dengue cases in the city.
Since district magistrate Anurag Srivastava and the Chief Medical Officer continued to claim that no death had occurred in the city due to dengue till date this had certainly created confusion and panic among common man in the city.
This is when a Hallet Hospital report, sent to the CMO in September, clearly stated two deaths due to dengue. The report identified one of the deceased as Phoolkali, wife of Kallu, a resident of Ramnagar under Maharajpur police station of the city. Phoolkali died on September 6. However, the other death reported by the Hallet Hospital was not related to the city. The deceased was identified as Chunkau, a resident of Banda district. Chunkau died on August 31 at Hallet Hospital.
The four-year-old boy identified as Dharmendra Kapoor, son of Sarabjit Kapoor, a resident of Charan Singh Colony at Govindnagar area was admitted to the hospital on October 7 in a critical condition. Dr Chandrai Luthra under whose supervision he was admitted confirmed his death due to dengue fever.
The CMO when contacted though admitted dengue cases in the city but said that no dengue death had taken place. Also, a press release issued by the DM on Monday stated that no dengue death was reported in the city.
According to the KMC health officials, the hospital had sent reports of 14 dengue positive cases to the CMO on October 9 while the CMO, when contacted, said that of the 14 cases detected by the KMC, only three were re-tested positive. He said this was due to the reason that the nursing homes generally confirmed dengue virus after a rapid test, which was not accurate.
After re-testing the samples at the GSVM Medical College only three were confirmed positive, he said.
He further said that other 11 patients suffering from dengue were detected at Hallet Hospital of Ganesh Shanker Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College. Of the 11 patients only two were detected in October while 11 others were detected in the month of September, he said.
Apparently, there is no unanimity among the district health officials and district administration officials as far as number of patients suffering from dengue was concerned. While the CMO put the figure at two, the press release from the district magistrate on Monday put the figure at 3 new cases in this month.
Probably to avoid these confusions, the press release also directs the CMO to officially declare a case as that of dengue only after conducting a re-test at a nursing home or any other hospital.