Three more die of dengue; another 7-yr-old succumbs
Dengue has claimed three more lives in the national Capital including a 7-year-old boy who succumbed to the vector-borne disease on Wednesday. <g data-gr-id="24" style="color: #3b3b3b; font-size: 11px;">Death</g> of other two victims — 41-year-old woman from South Delhi and 14-year-old boy — both of whom died of the disease yesterday, were also reported on Wednesday.
With three latest <g data-gr-id="25">casualties</g> the dengue death toll has risen to at least 14, even as the embattled Delhi government and the BJP-ruled civic bodies continued to grapple with the health menace. A seven-year-old boy succumbed to dengue at the B L Kapur Hospital here on Wednesday. “The patient was brought in a critical condition to the hospital and died of dengue,” an official of the hospital said.
Monika Bahl, a resident of Lajpat Nagar died yesterday at the Moolchand Hospital due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.
According to doctors at Moolchand, the patient had come with complaints of fever and vomiting and was admitted to the hospital almost a week ago.
A 14-year-old boy also became the victim of the deadly disease, succumbing at the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital. According to sources, the young patient was admitted two days ago and died on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in view of the scare in the national Capital, the New Delhi Municipal Council has approached embassies and foreign missions to provide access to its staff for checking of mosquito breeding on their premises. The council had also raised the issue with the Health Secretary who wrote to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar requesting him to issue directions to embassies and foreign missions for the same. “We had detected heavy <g data-gr-id="26">mosquito-breeding</g> conditions in five embassies including that of Ghana, Singapore, Malaysia, Ethiopia and the Czech Republic, last month. We suspect that <g data-gr-id="30">their</g> are similar conditions in other embassies too but at times they do not allow access to our squads,” a senior NDMC official said.
In another unique development, to curb mosquito breeding, a special train called Mosquito Terminator was pressed into service to spray insecticides along the railway tracks of Delhi Ring railway.