Over a dozen Dengue deaths adds concern in UP’s health department midst COVID-19
| Tuesday | 22nd September, 2020
Mainpuri district in Uttar Pardesh has reported a possible dengue outbreak leading to over a dozen deaths. Police booked three charlatans under Disaster Management Act; various blamed the negligence of government. Health officials are in midst of battling Covid-19 and dengue outbreak.
In Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh an unprecedented wave of dengue outbreak is reported. Over a dozen deaths are being reported and at least 150 people were found being infected. As per the health officials, till now 150 people have been admitted to a school turned health facility.
District hospitals are receiving complaints of high fever and muscular pain. Although the district administration has accepted that several cases of dengue have been reported however they denied that these deaths are due to the disease.
A health team of two officials- epidemiologist Mukesh Prasad and entomologist Vipin Kumar reached the district on Sunday to find out the rational cause behind the high fever among the locals. They have collected samples of infected individuals.
According to Mainpuri chief medical official (CMO) Dr. AK Pandey so far 11 deaths have been reported due to co morbidity among patients but he confirmed that many locals have been infected with dengue contagion as per him ‘’situation is under control’’ now. The CMO further added that some villagers prior were taking treatment from charlatans and when the situation went out of hand they reported at government hospital.
Health department has filed a complaint against three charlatans who were providing treatment to dengue patients without informing health departments and issuing reports in the absence of pathologist and doctors. The police department has booked Dr. Ashish Shakya, Satyapal Shakya and Raghvendra Rajput under section 15(3) of Indian Medical Act, 1956, Section 3 of Epidemic Disease Act, Section 51 of Disaster Management Act along with section 188 and 269 of IPC at Kotwali Police station.
Mainpuri district magistrate Mahendra Babu stated that all steps are being taken to control the spread and providing best treatment to infected individuals he added ‘’spray and fogging are being conducted in village’’.
However Sadar MLA Raj Kumar Yadav stated that government has failed to provide timely diagnosis and almost every second person in village is infected with dengue ‘’I have informed our party Chief Akhilesh Yadav about it’’ he added.
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