With 11 fresh dengue cases reported on Friday, the total number of patients suffering from the disease in the city touched 93 on Friday. The number of patients, suspected to be suffering from the disease, has also increased to 127 from 102 on Thursday.
A resident of Ferozepur Gayatri Devi, 45, suspected to be suffering from dengue, died at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, where she had been admitted for treatment, earlier this week.
The district health authorities, however, while admitting that Gayatri was a suspected case of dengue, refused to record the cause of her death as dengue.
District epidemiologist Dr Des Raj, said the 45-year-old was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital on Monday (September 14), but she breathed her last on Wednesday (September 16).
"She was suffering from diabetes, besides that she had developed fever, and was a suspected case of dengue. The exact cause of her death is yet to be ascertained," he said. He added that a report in this regard had been sent to the state advisory, which would verify the exact cause of the death.
'Free treatment unavailable'
Even as Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, during his visit to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital on Thursday, had claimed that free treatment would be provided to dengue patients, patients undergoing treatment at the hospital alleged that they were being made to pay for everything and the treatment was below par.
Arjun Dev, a resident of Batala, whose 21-year-old son Tarun Bawa, suffering from low platelet count, is admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, claimed that the facility for blood tests was not available within the hospital.
"There is no facility for conducting blood tests in the hospital. Moreover, the tests conducted in the hospital laboratory are not reliable because of which patients have to spend a lot of money to get these done from laboratories outside the hospital," he alleged.
He added that besides the tests, till Thursday patients had also been forced to pay for medicines and glucose that was being administered to them. "Only on Friday, after we raised the issue, were we provided with free glucose as well as mosquito nets," he said.
"The medicines that are prescribed by the doctors have to be purchased from outside at a much higher rate. Things such as cannula which are required for administering glucose and injectables, also have to be purchased from outside," he maintained.
The district epidemiologist Dr Des Raj claimed that efforts were being made to provide best medicines and facilities to patients.
Tarn Taran reports
10 dengue cases
Tarn Taran: The health department recorded two more positive cases of dengue in the district on Friday, taking the total number of patients to 10.
Tarn Taran civil surgeon Dr Mohinder Singh Jassal said, "Four more blood samples were sent to laboratories for testing. Reports of three have been received by health officials concerned. Two reports are positive whereas one is negative. We are waiting for fourth report as well".
"Supervisors have been assigned to spread awareness among general public about symptoms and treatment of dengue with the help of multi-purpose health workers," he added.