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Health dept rules out mysterious fever as cause of deaths in Muradnagar

Dept takes precautionary measures like fogging and anti-larvae spraying. Chief medical officer attributes deaths to pneumonia, heart ailments, shock syndrome, respiratory issues, kidney failure, among others

noida Updated: Oct 06, 2017 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Health department officials inspected areas of Muradnagar where seven 'mysterious' deaths were reported during the last fortnight. (HT photo)

The Ghaziabad health department swung into action after seven deaths were reported from Muradnagar in the last fortnight due to a ‘mysterious fever,’ as claimed by the locals. After inspection, however, the state health department ruled out any deaths due to mysterious ailments.

“We conducted three inspections and also met the families of the deceased face-to-face. There have been no deaths which have resulted from malaria, dengue or similar diseases. The deaths have been due to pneumonia, heart ailments, shock syndrome, respiratory issues, kidney failure, among others,” said Dr NK Gupta, chief medical officer, Ghaziabad.

However, as a precautionary measure, the health department has taken measures like fogging and anti-larvae spraying to ward off any effect of unhygienic surroundings.

“The deaths have been in natural course due to different health ailments which are on record. There has been no instance of mysterious fever as claimed,” Dr Gupta added.

The deaths were reported from different localities in Muradnagar like Pal Mohalla, Noor Ganj, Sarna village and other nearby areas.

Those who died included an 18-year-old woman, a 42-year-old man and five children aged 3 to 7 years.

The doctors said that the woman died due to shock syndrome while the man died due to a heart stroke. The rest of the patients had complications of breathlessness with mild symptoms of fever, pneumonia and kidney failure, among others.

“For now, we will set up camps in different localities each day and depute a health inspector to meet people and check ailments if found. The major issue is the garbage-studded surroundings and unclean conditions. We have asked the nagar palika authorities to take up cleaning process on an urgent basis.

The district magistrate will also be given a report about our inspection and the deaths,” added Dr Gupta.

“We expect that health ailments will reduce once the contaminated surroundings are cleaned,” he added.

This season, Ghaziabad district has reported nearly 120 positive cases of H1N1 Swine Flu with three casualties. As many as 38 patients of dengue were reported till Thursday.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 23:49 IST