Dengue Menace: 29-Year-Old Woman Dies, Death Toll Up To 11 In Delhi

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| September 15 , 2015 , 11:55 IST
The death toll from dengue in Delhi climbed to 11 on Tuesday as one more death -- of a 29-year old woman -- was reported due to the vector-borne disease that has caused a widespread scare in the national capital. According to authorities at Lok Nayak hospital, the woman, a resident of north-west Delhi, had come to the hospital last evening and succumbed within a few minutes even as she was being attended to.
"The woman came gasping to the hospital. She carried a report from Ardent Ganpati hospital as per which she had tested positive for dengue. "She apparently was suffering from Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) and passed away within a few minutes while she was being attended to. As per her records, she had been ill for the last five days," said Dr Yogesh Kumar Sarin, medical superintendent at the hospital.
Two more persons at the hospital -- a 22-yr-old and a 18-yr-old man -- had succumbed to dengue on September 3 and September 1, respectively. But these patients, Sarin said, had co-morbid conditions too.
"The two patients had dengue, but they also had co-morbid conditions. So, when we informed the civic body, they did not record them as dengue deaths," said Dr Sarin.
As per the latest civic body data released Monday, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the disease till September 12.
The death toll as per the municipal corporation's official data still stands at five.
Last week, seven-year-old Avinash Rout had died of dengue after being denied admission by five hospitals. The death of their child had driven Avinash's parents to commit suicide.
Another boy has died of dengue with his family claiming negligence by hospitals in the city where only last week seven-year-old Avinash had succumbed to the disease after allegedly being turned away by five hospitals which had driven his parents to suicide. Aman from Srinivaspuri area of South Delhi has become the tenth victim of dengue this season. [caption id="attachment_125702" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Delhi Govt has issued advisory to all hospitals asking not to deny admission to any patient (File Photo: PTI) Delhi Govt has issued advisory to all hospitals asking not to deny admission to any patient (File Photo: PTI)[/caption]
Delhi government has issued an order asking schools to ensure that children wear full sleeve uniforms to classes for the next one month. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia issued a mandatory directive that children should be dressed in full sleeves shirts, full pants and salwar kameez for the next one month to avoid mosquito bites. Mr Sisodia has directed the schools to allow children to wear full sleeves clothes of any colour, irrespective of whether it is the school uniform or not.
According to Aman's father Manoj Sharma, he was diagnosed with dengue at a private hospital in Srinivaspuri and was then taken to Safdarjung Hospital on September 9. "The doctors at Safdarjung hospital said that our boy does not have dengue and thus there is no need of getting him admitted. Also, at that point of time, our son's condition was a bit stable so we brought him home.
"But on Friday his condition worsened and we took him to Jeewan hospital in Maharani Bagh where he was admitted till Saturday night. "At 2.30 AM the doctors there told us that his condition was critical and they do not have the equipment to handle such cases and thus we should shift him to a bigger hospital," said Aman's father.
The family then tried getting admission in Max Saket, Moolchand and Batra, but they cited unavailability of beds following which they took the child to Safdarjung where he was admitted for two-three hours. Seeing the child's condition deteriorate, the family then shifted him to Holy Family Hospital on Okhla road where he tested positive for dengue and passed away on Sunday evening.
"Our complaint is against Safdarjung hospital because of which our son was without medication for around 24 hours. Doctors there told us that our son does not have dengue though we carried the report of a private hospital where he had tested postitive of dengue. "If this is the condition of a government hospital, where will the people go," said the father.
As per the August 28 advisory, issued by Delhi government's health department, no hospital, be it private or government, should deny admission to a patient suffering from dengue. 
Seven-year-old Avinash Rout has died of dengue after his desperate parents went from hospital to hospital for his treatment, last Tuesday. His parents allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a four-story building after his death.
Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of Avinash. Five hospitals, Moolchand, Max Saket, Saket City hospital, Akash hospital and Irene hospital were issued showcase notices by Delhi government on Saturday and asked to explain why their registration should not be cancelled for their alleged refusal to admit Rout.
Delhi government on Monday asked the three municipal corporations to undertake door-to-door preventive measures and awareness campaigns against dengue on a war footing by asking people not to panic by rising cases of the disease.
Nine people have died of dengue in the city which is battling the disease's worst outbreak in the last five years. Over 1,800 dengue cases have been reported so far with just 600 in the last week. On Monday, the government ordered 1,000 extra beds in hospitals to treat dengue patients.
With dengue cases multiplying with each passing day and patients crowding the hospitals, Delhi government cancelled the leave of all doctors and paramedical staff including nurses and lab technicians.