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Dengue sting gets sharper in Jalandhar; two more deaths reported

One more patients suffering from dengue died on Thursday in Jalandhar city causing a serious challenge for the health authorities to curb the menace of this virus. Till now, five deaths have been reported from dengue

punjab Updated: Sep 30, 2016 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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A view of the dengue ward at civil hospital in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

One more patients suffering from dengue died on Thursday in Jalandhar city causing a serious challenge for the health authorities to curb the menace of this virus. Till now, five deaths have been reported from dengue.

As per information, Lovepreet Kaur (15) of Nandanpur locality in Maqsoodan area died in a private hospital on Thursday. The local people have also claimed that in the same locality, another woman named Shoba (40) had died after suffering from dengue on September 8 but the health authorities covered up the matter.

Deceased Lovepreet’s father Bachittar Singh said her daughter underwent dengue treatment last month at a private hospital and had recovered from the virus. However, on Tuesday, she again showed symptoms of the virus and died of the high fever at a private hospital here.

The district has seen a spurt in dengue cases as 35 new cases have been reported in the past three days.

Information procured from the district health administrations disclosed that till date, 246 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported whereas over 150 suspected dengue patients are undergoing treatment in isolation wards of different hospitals of the district. Also, 12 cases of Chikungunya were also reported.

Officials said that on an average, 10 to 15 suspected cases of dengue were being reported from various parts of the district every day.

Lack of facilities in government hospitals

Due to lack of basic infrastructure and proper treatment in the government hospital, people are forced to take costly treatment in private hospitals.

The sudden spurt in dengue cases has kept the district administration on its toes.

When contacted, civil surgeon Dr Rajeev Bhalla said they have been conducting awareness camps and free medicines were being distributed to patients since one week.

He, however denied the death of both patients from the dengue virus as the patients did not undergo a dengue test from an authorised laboratory.

“We have checked the records of the private hospital where the patients underwent treatment. It is not confirmed yet that they died of dengue. I have asked the private hospital to bring the record for examination,” he said.

Corporation intensifies fogging

Meanwhile, municipal corporation Jalandhar has intensified fogging in the city after the present spurt in dengue cases.

Dr Shri Krishan, assistant medical officer of the civic body, said that the demand of fogging has increased in recent four to five days and the civic body has pressed all its fogging machines in the service.