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Dengue hits Armymen, toll mounts
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
Dengue has spread its tentacles beyond the civilian population. After AIIMS, it is now the turn of the Research Hospital and Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment to provide treatment to 10 Armymen and their families.

Sources in the Army today confirmed that 11 soldiers, 10 in Delhi and one in Agra, are being treated for dengue. The affected Armymen were living outside the cantonment in rented houses due to the paucity of accommodation in the cantonment, the sources said, adding that both hospitals had blood banks having arrangement of safe blood.

The nationís dengue toll was today reported to be 46. As many as 84 fresh cases have been reported from various parts of the country in the past 24 hours. Of the States affected by dengue, Delhi has reported the maximum number of dengue deaths i.e. 19.

Around 82 persons have been admitted to various hospitals in the Capital since Friday evening. The total number of dengue related hospital admissions in Delhi is reported to be 825. A majority of the dengue patients are being treated at AIIMS and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

AIIMS today reported two more dengue deaths. Osman Ghani, a 42-year-old man from Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi and Nazma, a 45-year-old woman from Dadri were the victims of dengue fever.

Sources in AIIMS said the condition of Prime Ministerís two grandsons and son-in-law was stable and they would be discharged by Monday.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary B.K. Chaturvedi convened a meeting with Health Ministry officers to review the preparedness of hospitals to tackle the situation arising out of dengue. The meeting was attended by Health Secretary P.K. Hota, National Institute of Communicable Diseases Director Dr Shiv Lal and medical officers of various hospitals.

The IMA is not happy with the governmentís approach to control the spread of dengue. IMA Secretary General Vinay Aggarwal told TNS, ďThe government has not heeded our advice on declaring dengue as an epidemic. The increase in suspected cases of dengue is itself a cause of alarm. The government ought to realise that management of this acute viral fever will be better if it is declared an epidemic well in time. This will also help in pooling all government and private resources in the field of health on an emergency basisĒ.

Dr Aggarwal said one of the main problems being faced by private clinics that act as intermediate care hospitals was that they donít have blood banks or advanced diagnostic techniques.



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