Noida: High-rise dwellers in grip of dengue
The Paras Tierea apartment complex in Sector 137 has seen two suspected dengue deaths in the past three days. Six other residents are also confirmed to be suffering from the disease.
Kiran Kalra, 70, a resident, was admitted to a private hospital in Noida on September 18 for treatment. She succumbed to dengue on Sunday.
“We took our mother to the hospital as she was suffering from high-grade fever. Doctors confirmed dengue and admitted her. She was infected in the society premises itself as she did not go out of the area at all,” said Tripti Kalra, the deceased’s daughter, adding that she too has been suffering from fever for the last four days.
Another resident, Manisha Dixit, 32, died on September 18 at Yatharth Wellness Superspecialty Hospital and Heart Centre in Sector 110. She was diagnosed with dengue on September 14.
“Her platelet count fell to 15,000 per unit volume and she could not cope with the disease as her immunity was low,” said Yatharth Hospital’s Dr Ajay Tyagi, who she was being treated under.
Apart from these cases, Satnam Singh, Ritu Mohan Sharma, Anu Acharya, Shrish Varshney, Nidhi Rawat and Ashish Ray are presently suffering from dengue. According to residents, water logging in the complex’s under-construction towers has led to mosquito breeding. Out of a total of 28 towers, eight are still under construction. The society was established in 2014 and has a population of over 3,000 residents.
“The situation here has become alarming. We are afraid to step out of our homes. There is waterlogging at several places, mainly at the under-construction site. We had complained to the authorities concerned, but they did not take the action necessary. Fogging is conducted only once a week,” said Nitin Gupta, a resident. He added that more than 15 people are suspected to be suffering from dengue in the society.
However, the builder refuted the allegations and said that all necessary preventive steps are being taken. “We are conducting fogging regularly and draining out stagnant rainwater from the under-construction site. The Noida authority has also conducted fogging in the area. In addition, we are taking measures to raise awareness about dengue in the complex,” said Taran Deep, spokesperson of Paras Buildtech.
The spread of dengue is not limited to Paras Tierea complex either. Several people are also suffering from dengue at Logix Blossom County apartments, which is in close proximity to Paras Tierea and also has areas under construction.
“I recently took possession of my flat and had been visiting the site regularly to supervise the carpenter. I was diagnosed with dengue eight days ago and have been on bed rest since. My neighbour’s wife is also suffering from the infection as she too was visiting the place every day. She is admitted in Fortis Hospital,” said Deepak Karda, a flat owner at Logix Blossom County.