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Suspected dengue death raises concerns

The death of a Sector 5 resident due to suspected dengue on Wednesday, has again brought to the fore the issue of poor sanitation in the Millennium City.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2011 00:30 IST
HT Correspondent

The death of a Sector 5 resident due to suspected dengue on Wednesday, has again brought to the fore the issue of poor sanitation in the Millennium City.

Air Commodore (Retd) Shivendra Singh, 63, has become the suspected victim of the disease. However, Gurgaon civil surgeon, Dr Praveen Garg, has not yet established dengue as the cause of Singh's death.

"He did not die due to dengue or low platelet count," said Dr Garg, who will soon hold a meeting of doctors in this regard. "His platelet count was increasing and the last count was reported as more than one lakh. This count does not determine a threat to life."

Singh had developed complications, severe body ache, headache and fever on September 6. He was immediately taken to a private hospital. "The report states that Singh did not test positive for dengue and his platelet count was above one lakh," said Garg, adding that the patient was detected negative with his antibodies and multi-organ failure.

Discussing the current state of sanitation in the city, Sanjeev Saxena, a resident of Sector 45, said, "We have never noticed any health official conducting a survey in colonies and challaning defaulters. Fumigation is never carried out to check mosquito breeding."

The situation is worse in Huda sectors as well as in and around private builders' areas in the city.

"We are living in mess. Water logging is rampant and overflowing garbage bins reveal a sorry state of affairs," said Harish Arora, a resident of Sector 5.

So far, the city has reportedly witnessed as many as 27 dengue cases since January this year with three dengue deaths, including Singh.