Dengue outbreak: Two more dies in Delhi, toll rises to 11; Govt warns hospitals
New Delhi: Delhi
Government directed all the schools to ensure that children came to school
dressed in full sleeves shirts, trousers and Salwar Kameez for the next one
month as a preventive measure to avoid mosquito bites.
Dengue crisis continued
to rattle Delhi with a six year-old boy and a woman succumbing to the vector borne
disease, raising the toll to 11 even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on
Tuesday said his government was mulling bringing a law to enable temporary
takeover of private hospitals during emergencies.
Aman Sharma, a child
from Srinivaspuri area of South Delhi died of dengue and his parents alleged
that three private hospitals — Max Saket, Moolchand and Batra — refused to
admit him citing unavailability of beds. He died on Sunday at Holy Family Hospital
seven-year-old Avinash Rout had died of dengue after being denied admission by
five hospitals which drove his parents to suicide, triggering widespread
One more death of a
29-year old woman due to dengue was reported in Lok Nayak hospital. With this
death, the dengue death toll in the city has risen to eleven.
According to hospital
authorities, the patient, a resident of north-west Delhi had come to the
hospital on Sunday evening and passed away within few minutes while she was
being attended to.
“The woman came gasping
at the hospital. She carried a report of Ardent Ganpati hospital as per which
she had tested positive for dengue,” said the medical superintendent of the
hospital Dr Yogesh Kumar Sarin.
As cases of dengue
continued to rise and inch towards the 2,000 mark, Kejriwal carried out
surprise checks at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Dr Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan
in Karkardooma and later said private hospitals which refused treatment to
dengue patients would not be “spared”.
“It is heartbreaking. We have become blind in
the race to make more and more profit. We shouldn’t forget our humanity.
Nothing would have been lost if the hospital had treated the child. Would it
have affected their profit margin so much?” he said.
Warning that hospitals
which refuse patients will be penalised, the Chief Minister said his government
was contemplating bringing a law to enable temporary takeover of private
hospitals during emergencies.
Meanwhile, the Union
Health Ministry asked Delhi Government to take strict action against hospitals
refusing dengue patients and directed it to rein in private facilities