17-year-old dies, parents allege medical negligence
Four more persons succumbed to dengue in the Capital, taking the death toll to 20, prompting the Delhi government to approve nearly 800 additional beds in 48 private hospitals as the city’s health facilities crawled under heavy rush of patients affected by the disease.
17-year-old Rishabh, a resident of New Seemapuri in north-east Delhi, died at Max Super-Speciality hospital in Ghaziabad on Thursday. His family alleged medical negligence and claimed they were charged exorbitant fees by the hospital.
The latest victims of dengue included 11-year-old Mohammad and a 12-year-old girl Kiran Kumari.
Rishabh’s uncle said he was treated in three different hospitals and all of them charged hefty amount. He alleged the Max hospital, where he died, refused to hand over the mortal remains as they demanded payment of Rs 80,000 but settled at Rs 18,000 after knowing that media was aware of it.
The hospital, however, said: “On request of the family, a significant amount was waived in view of their economic condition.” Mohammad, from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, Kiran, a resident of Nangloi in Outer Delhi, and Rahisha (37), from Dwarka, died of dengue at RML hospital on Friday.
Meanwhile, Delhiites are very agitated and angry regarding the way this emergency is being handled by the administrators. Saying that some of the dengue deaths in the city were “preventable”, many across the city are demanding that fumigation exercise be stepped up by civic bodies even as Delhi continues to battle against the scourge of the vector-borne disease. A section of residents living in South Delhi, from where a number of dengue death cases have been reported, are complaining that “not enough” is being done by the MCD to combat the health menace.
“Well, the MCD hardly sends anyone to fumigate the area. And, this year, with even so many cases, they are taking things lightly,” said 80-year-old J C Bakshi, who lives in Lajpat Nagar.
Monika Bahl, a resident of Lajpat Nagar died on Tuesday at the Moolchand Hospital due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.
Former kabaddi player dies of dengue
Former international kabaddi player Pratap Singh <g data-gr-id="68">Kablana</g> has died of dengue, doctors said on Friday. He was 62.
<g data-gr-id="69">Kablana</g> was admitted in a serious condition to a private hospital here in Sector 38 on Wednesday, after suffering from suspected dengue and diarrhoea. He died during treatment. His body was taken to his native village <g data-gr-id="70">Kablana</g> in Haryana’s Jhajjar district for cremation. This was the fourth death in Gurgaon due to the viral disease. Officials said there were over 200 dengue patients in Gurgaon.