Three dengue deaths in city but civic body yet to take note
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Post-monsoon, there has been a surge in the number of patients with dengue being admitted to city and at least three persons from Pune have already succumbed to the virus. However, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to be in the dark about these deaths.
Authorities at city hospitals like KEM, Ruby Hall and Deenanath Mangeshkar confirmed the dengue deaths and that the data had been provided to the PMC.
At KEM hospital, the condition of 22-year-old youth from Ghorpade Peth has been critical for a week. Dr V L Yemul, medical director of KEM hospital said there has been an increase in the number of patients with dengue.
Dr Rajesh Gadia, consulting physician at KEM, said there have been two deaths — one from Alandi and the other from Ghorpade Peth — earlier this month. At present, 12 patients are admitted to the hospital. Of these, six are from the city. Nearly 70 per cent of the patients need not be admitted to the hospital unless they have severe abdominal pain, vomiting and bleeding, he said.
Medical director of Ruby Hall Clinic, Dr Sujata Malik, too, confirmed that two patients died due to dengue. These patients were from Satara and Jalgaon. The number of patients with dengue has increased from 11 in August to 22 in September, she said.
Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital authorities said a 34-year-old woman from Karvenagar, who was admitted to the ICU, died of dengue in the first week of October. This death, too, was notified to the civic authorities.
Poona hospital authorities said that they had two deaths due to dengue, with the latest victim being a person from Sinhagad Road. At present, 25 persons have been admitted with the disease.
The civic body, however, seems reluctant to admit deaths due to dengue. Dr S T Pardeshi, acting chief medical officer of PMC , said as per guidelines, hospitals are required to send samples to National Institute of Virology for confirmation of dengue virus. "Several laboratories conduct antigen and antibody tests for dengue. However, these cases are only considered suspected dengue," Pardeshi said.
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