More hospitals admit of dengue cases

More deaths due to dengue are coming to light. Deccan Herald reported eight dengue-related deaths in five City hospitals, on July 16. Shifaa Hospital reported three such deaths this month. The hospital has received 82 positive cases of dengue since May. While eight were children, the rest were adults including 27 women.

In spite of tests answering positive, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has asked the hospital to send samples to Nimhans. However, the samples are being sent to Victoria Hospital and Lady Curzon and Bowring Hospital for official records for the past one week as Nimhmans lab is overburdened, said an official from the hospital.

St Martha's has admitted about 200 patients in the last two months with nearly 20 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. In fact, a source revealed that there were few dengue deaths in the hospital. Even St Theresa's Hospital has been getting more than 30 dengue cases every month.

Dr M R Chandra Sekhar, Medical Director, Chinmaya Mission Hospital, also confirmed that there have been plenty of dengue related cases in the last two months.

No dengue deaths

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has reiterated that so far no hospital has reported to the Palike on any death due to the dengue fever. The Palike statement was in response to a Deccan Herald report which had cited eight dengue deaths in many City hospitals.

A BBMP release said since Narayana Hrudayalaya was situated on the outskirts of BBMP area, that hospital was supposed to send reports to the local health authority. “So far no such reports regarding dengue death in their hospitals have come to the notice of the BBMP,” the release said.

The Palike said health institutions had to notify the local health authority about dangerous diseases on a daily basis and non-compliance amounts to violation of the KMC Act warranting action.

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