CHENNAI, MADURAI & COIMBATORE: One more child died of dengue at the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital on Saturday. According to hospital sources, Joy Beneta, three-and-a-half-year-old girl from Ambattur was admitted to the hospital on September 28 around 8.40 pm with a complaint of severe fever and vomitting. “Blood test showed positive for dengue and the child died of shock,” said a senior doctor.
Another death of suspected dengue was reported at the Institute of Child Health, Egmore. Six-year-old girl Sanjana (6) from Sullurpet in Andra Pradesh, who was referred to the ICH with symptoms of dengue on Friday, died here on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl succumbed to dengue at Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Thursday. Sources said, the Class 1 girl, a resident of Thathaneri, was admitted on Tuesday after being diagnosed with dengue. The body was cremated on Friday.
Days after health officials declared that the number of dengue cases had come down considerably, Coimbatore Medical Hospital and College (CMCH) is experiencing a sudden spate in number of patients.
According to the CMCH sources, the number of patients getting treatment at the hospital for dengue is 39, as against 15 about a week ago.
Attributing the spurt to the recent rains, officials said that the state of sanitation and hygiene in the city was so poor that it could not withstand even a brief spell of rains. Apart from the increase in the count of dengue cases, the number of patients undergoing treatment for fever too has risen to 102. The officials attributed this rise to contamination of drinking water after the downpour.
Stressing on sterilising water before consuming, the official said that civic body’s preventive measures like fogging and chlorinating water should have started a long time ago. Meanwhile, the hospital management is into a dengue source detection and cleaning larvae breeding grounds overdrive on the hospital premises after pledging its support to clean hospital initiative.