Dengue Menace: Kejriwal 'Heartbroken' By Another Child's Death, Calls Delhi Cabinet Meet

| September 15 , 2015 , 16:03 IST
[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 Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said he was heartbroken by another child's death due to dengue menace in the national capital after making surprise visits to hospitals in the national capital to check dengue alertness. "The chief minister has visited Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and will also visit Hedgewar Hospital," a Delhi government official said. The data released by the three civic bodies - North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation - on Monday, said that till September 12, the number of deaths due to dengue was five and total dengue cases have gone up to 1,872. Meanwhile, Delhi Cabinet is expected to meet shortly to discuss on holding a special assembly session in view of the dengue crisis in the national capital ALSO READ: After Avinash, Now Aman: Second Child Dies Of Dengue After Being Turned Away By Delhi Hospitals | Top Developments
"It is heartbreaking. We have become blind in the race to make more and more profit. We shouldn't forget our humanity. Nothing would have been lost if the hospital had treated the child. Would it have affected their profit margin so much?" Kejriwal said, adding that "we should run a business with some humanity and not just to earn profit."
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered a probe into the three deaths. The union health ministry also ordered an inquiry into the case.
"I want to take action, but am worried that if their license is cancelled, there will be a worse shortage of beds," Kejriwal said.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take action against the hospitals that allegedly did not admit a boy from Odisha suspected to be suffering from dengue, resulting in his death, a release said. ALSO READ: Punjab, Haryana On Alert As Dengue Scare Spreads His parents -- Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, both natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four-storey building in Delhi on September 9, a day after their only son Avinash died due to alleged hospital negligence. In a telephonic call to Kejriwal, Patnaik expressed grave concern over the sad demise of the child allegedly after private hospitals in the national capital declined to admit it and the hocking suicide of his parents, the release added. Patnaik also announced an ex-gratia of Rs.3 lakh from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) for the bereaved family of the couple and their child, who lived in Jaguleipada village in Kendrapara district. He also ordered the Kendrapada district collector to include the family's relations under various social welfare schemes of the government. Meanwhile, another boy died of dengue on Tuesday 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, 6, from Srinivaspuri area of South Delhi has become the tenth victim of dengue this season. 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. With this death, the dengue death toll in the city has risen to ten. However, the death toll as per the municipal corporation's official data still stands at 5. As per the corporation's fresh data released on Monday, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the vector borne disease till September 12. Earlier this month, dengue claimed the life of a seven-year-old Avinash Rout, who was allegedly denied admission by five hospitals and he later died at Batra hospital. He succumbed to the disease on September 8 and his parents committed suicide that same night by jumping off the terrace of their fourth floor residence. (With Inputs From Agencies)

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