Delhi Dengue crisis: 29-yr-old woman succumbs, death toll up to 11

The toll from dengue here climbed to 11 today 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 yesterday, 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.