With the death of a 22-year-old masters in business architect (MBA) girl due to dengue, the Phagwara City has witnessed third death within a month.The deceased has been identified as Meenu (22), who was resident of Basant Nagar, was admitted to a private hospital in Jalandhar on September 21 and died of dengue on Thursday night.
As many as 103 suspected cases of dengue have been reported in the Civil Hospital Phagwara of which 17 have been tested positive. One died with positive symptoms of dengue, while the other two were suspected patients of dengue.
Interestingly, all three patients, who died were the residents of Basant Nagar locality in Phagwara.
Residents of the area claimed that due to apathy of the Municipal Corporation (MC) officials, their locality was filled with filthy stagnant water as authorities after damaging the road while making sewer and water lines left it unattended resulting in breeding of mosquitoes.
“There was a proper road which was damaged by the authorities on the pretext of laying sewer lines, but the authorities failed to do any development in the area. Instead, water filled into the potholes leading to spread of the dangerous disease, which claimed the life of my sister,” said Tinku, deceased’s brother.
Moreover, residents of the area said that as their councillor belongs to the Congress party, the authorities of the ruling party do not bother in the development of this area and they have to suffer the consequences.
Another resident said they have seen a rare fogging in this area.
On the other hand, Civil Hospital Phagwara authorities are also showing unwillingness in treating the dengue patients as they don’t have proper facilities for treatment and they have to refer all the patients to the Civil Hospital Jalandhar or any other hospital.
Officials claimed that after a sudden rise in dengue patients in the city, the hospital authorities have recently converted a general ward into an isolated ward, but they don’t have any proper facilities to treat dengue patients.
Sources said due to lack of facilities, most of the patients don’t approach the Civil Hospital and directly go to private hospitals for their treatment.
Meanwhile, after the death of a girl, protestors led by former minister Joginder Singh Mann gathered outside additional deputy commissioner (ADC)-cum-MC commissioner Iqbal Singh Sandhu’s office and raised slogans against him for showing negligence in controlling the disease. They alleged that no facilities are being provided to the dengue patients in the hospital and held the MC responsible for spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, minister of state (MoS) of social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla also visited the house of the deceased and condoled the death.
Mayor Arun Khosla, when contacted, claimed that the authorities are regularly fogging the areas.