Dengue claims ex-corporator’s daughter, toll 2

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NAGPUR: The city has started to witness outbreak of dengue. The number of deaths from dengue has increased to two and dengue positive cases to a whopping 171. The latest victim of the disease is daughter of former Shiv Sena corporator Ganesh Doifode.

Waking up from deep slumber, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) health department has slapped show cause notice on two private hospitals for not intimating the civic body about admission of suspected dengue patients.

“Doifode’s four-year-old daughter was suffering from high fever and admitted to Manorama Multi-Specialty Hospital, Teen Nal square, Itwari few days ago. Doctors at the hospital tested her suffering from dengue positive. It was the responsibility of the hospital to intimate the NMC about the patient. No information was given to NMC. She was critical and shifted to Child Hospital at Dhantoli a day before. She died on Saturday,” said health officer (sanitation) Dr Ashok Urkude.

Urkude added that a show cause notice has been served to Manorama Hospital on Saturday asking why the hospital’s registration should not be cancelled. “Reporting about the patients to NMC is mandatory and important to prevent from further spread of the disease. We conduct various types of activities in and around the residences of patients,” he said.

Urkude also said a similar show cause notice has been issued to Getwell Hospital situated at Dhantoli. “A child suffering from dengue was admitted at the hospital and was tested positive. The hospital did not intimate the NMC. Three more persons from the same family were also tested positive for dengue. Timely action would have been prevented from further spread of the disease had the hospital intimated the NMC,” he said.

In fact, sources said it is the lapse on part of NMC. Many of the private hospitals do not report to NMC about patients with notifiable diseases despite it being mandatory. This practice has been going on for last many years. But the civic body never took action against private hospitals.

The first death from dengue was reported in September and it now increased to two in October. According to NMC data, dengue positive cases were recorded at only 29 by July end which increased to 60 at the end of August. Now, the cases have increased to 171 till September 30. Similarly, the number of suspected dengue cases has increased to a whopping 1,121 by September 30.

It seems dengue positive cases in 2014 can be a record break. The highest cases of 260 were reported in 2013 and 231 in 2012.

Former deputy mayor Shekhar Sawarbandhe said NMC should take it seriously as many patients, mostly children, were admitted in various hospitals. “Doifode’s another daughter too is serious and is admitted in ICU due to dengue disease,” he said.

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