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Delhi’s Dengue Outbreak, 1800 Now Affected

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Published on September 18, 2015 with No Comments

A 41-year-old woman died of dengue at the Moolchand Hospital while a 14-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy succumbed to the disease at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital and BL Kapur Hospital in New Delhi respectively. Almost all government-run hospitals were under increasing pressure as three to four patients were cramped on one bed in some of them due to unavailability of beds. As hospitals and nursing homes across Delhi were inundated with patients, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain directed private hospitals to increase their bed capacity by by 10-20 per cent as soon as possible to treat dengue patients. He said more dengue testing kits are being procured and private hospitals have been asked not to charge more than Rs 600/- for the test which is free in government facilities.

India, is now facing the worst Dengue Outbreak it had in five years. There is a total number of 1800 cases and the death toll is still rising. Hospitals have been scramming and overflowing with patients that even some of them are already refusing to admit more, thereby causing deaths among patients as no immediate medical attention is sought. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendra Jain conducted a surprise inspection and will penalize those hospitals under the law that would turn away or deny medical attention to suffering patients and also practitioners might face suspension of licenses.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the Dengue Virus. It thrives especially in the rainy season, which usually lasts from June to September. It could cause high fever and severe headaches, skin rashes, joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting pain behind the eyes and even bleeding from the nose, gums and bruising. Some symptoms would not appear onset and would just manifest as the disease progresses and could cause death, which we call Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS). The diagnosis can be confirmed with blood tests. There is no specific cure to dengue so the aim is to treat the symptoms; thus, it is important for the patient to be given thorough medical attention immediately.


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