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Four dengue death cases in fortnight: health dept dozes off

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  PATIALA, October 09, 2013
First Published: 22:03 IST(9/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:06 IST(9/10/2013)

Grief struck Anand Nagar colony as within a fortnight, dengue claimed four lives from the locality.

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Ramesh Kumar, 53, the only bread earner of the family and father of three young unmarried daughters, has died suffering from dengue.

A junior technician in municipal corporation, Ramesh was first diagnosed with dengue on September 23.

His wife Puspa Rani said on September 27 she took her husband to Rajindra government hospital. "The next day his deteriorated and he died,"said Rani.

"Even days after his death, nobody from the health department came to our house. We haven't seen fogging being done in our area even after four deaths have been reported,"she said.

Residents of Anand Nagar, rued that despite dengue claiming four lives from the area, they were yet to see the health department authorities take any action.

Local resident Amarjit Kaur, 58, a housewife have become another victim of dengue. Amarjit's husband Randhir Singh said, "Due to negligence of the authorities I have lost my wife. When she fell sick I took her to local Tripari dispensary, the doctor prescribed medicines and sent her home. She was not referred to Rajindra hospital."

Singh said his wife's condition deteriorated and on October 1 she died.

Gyan Kaur, 58, a housewife and another local died on September 27, her husband Gurman Singh said after his wife's death a team from civil medical office had visited their house once and took blood samples but after that they had not given any report of the samples so far.

Himant Singh, son of a resident of Anand Nagar lost his father Ranjit Singh, 69, former CBI officer on September 24 due to dengue.

Himant alleged that due to apathetic attitude of the authorities at Rajindra hospital he lost his father.

"The platelets, transfused to my father at government hospital reacted, at 1:30am they referred him to PGI Chandigarh. When he took him to PGI the doctors said that wrong platelets had reacted and despite new transfusion he could not be saved,"he said.

Sources said 164 cases of dengue have been reported so far.Chief medical officer Dr Varinder Mohi said, "The department cannot confirm whether the deaths were caused due to dengue as the reports are still awaited."

Residents whined that every household in their street had at least one member suffering from dengue.

They added due to lackadaisical attitude of the health department and municipal corporation, there had been a sharp spurt in dengue cases as no timely fogging was done.

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