Even as the health department did not confirm that the patient at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) died due to dengue, 16 fresh cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported from across the district on Sunday.
With this, the total number of dengue patients in Ludhiana has reached to 124. Of these 16 cases, seven were reported from Ludhiana city, seven from Khanna, one from Samrala and one from Machhiwara.
Reports of dengue from Khanna are rampant as several cases from the area have been reported in the past.
Health authorities say that lack of co-ordination in different departments within CMCH was causing the delay in collection of sample of the body of patient Muzaam, 27, who died on Saturday due to dengue apparently. The CMCH had confirmed that the patient was suffering from dengue.
District epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Kumar told HT, "The health department has still not confirmed that death of the patient took place due to dengue. Unless, we get the sample and send it for testing, we cannot confirm that it was a dengue death."
He said that there was lack of co-ordination in the CMCH due to which the sample of the deceased was not received till now. On Saturday, Muzaam's relatives protested on the hospital premises after the CMCH authorities handed them a hefty bill. However, later they gave a heavy concession on the bill.
Health dept asks MC to conduct fogging
Health department has asked the municipal corporation (MC) to hold fogging in different areas of the city to stop the sting of dengue from spreading. Health department is also holding fogging on its own.