Rajwinder Singh, 22, a resident of Partap Nagar, died of dengue at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, on Monday night.
He was admitted to Max Hospital, Bathinda, on November 3 (Diwali), but was referred to the Ludhiana
hospital. There has been a spurt in dengue cases in the district with the number of cases rising from 87 to 113 from November 1 to November 4.
Interestingly, health department officials at both Ludhiana and Bathinda have feigned ignorance about the death. Fogging and health teams have been active in the district, but there has been no full stop to the number of dengue cases in Bathinda as well as Mansa.
Councillor of the area Shama Rani, claimed that she had repeatedly requested health department officials to visit the area for fogging, but nothing was done. "Previously too, a case of dengue was witnessed in ward number 6. Repeated requests for appropriate action went unheard. A protest will be staged against the district health authorities and
District health officer Raghubir Singh Randhawa said, "From July till date, 113 cases have been diagnosed of dengue and treated. No death has been reported as yet. Regular fogging is being done."
Speaking to HT, Urvinder Singh Pappu Jaria, victim's uncle said: "Rajwinder Singh, an MBA pass out was the only son of a widow.
No one from the health department visited our locality."