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19-year-old boy dies of suspected dengue in Gurgaon

The Millennium City witnessed yet another suspected dengue death when a 19-year-old boy died on Tuesday. His family has filed a complaint against the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Gurgaon claiming negligence on the part of the hospital.  With this, a report revealed that Gurgaon has witnessed the highest number of dengue cases in the last four years with 2015 recording a total of 385 cases with no confirmed death.

The data received from the Epidemiologist superintendent of the civil hospital shows that 2015 has recorded the highest number of dengue cases with 156 cases in 2011, 370 cases in 2012, 175 cases in 2013, 86 cases in 2014 and 385 cases in 2015.

The boy’s family told the police that he was admitted to the hospital and had been suffering from high fever for the past few days. However, the medical superintendent of the hospital claimed the boy was brought dead to the hospital. “The patient was brought dead to the hospital early Tuesday. We have reported it as a medico-legal case and have not confirmed if it’s a dengue death,” Dr Kayam Singh, medical superintendent of ESIC Hospital, said.

The district Health department, too, has not confirmed if the boy, a resident of Kherki Daula, had contracted dengue. Dr VK Thapar, district malaria officer said no reports of the suspected dengue death have been received and the department will seek a report from the hospital. However, sources revealed that Gurgaon has witnessed more than a dozen Dengue deaths.

One of the major reasons for no record of confirmed deaths lies in the fact that private hospitals do not inform or register deaths due to dengue or malaria to the ealth department of Gurgaon district.

“We have started investigating to know if the boy died of unnatural causes or dengue. Only the post-mortem report will confirm the cause of death,” ASI Surrender, Kherki Daula police station, said.
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