With three new fatalities, the death toll due to dengue and the viral fever has climbed to 50 in this Uttar Pradesh district, informed the official sources on Friday. “So far, 50 people have died due to dengue and viral fever. Ten areas — nine blocks and a Nagar Nigam area — in the district are affected,” Chief Medical Officer Dinesh Kumar Premi said in a statement.
He added, there are 36 active camps made in the district in which 3,719 people, including those who have fever, are undergoing treatment currently.
District Magistrate Chandra Vijay Singh, amid the rising death toll, has made the chief development officer (CDO) the nodal officer of the district to supervise the treatment and other facilities for the patients.
Three doctors are suspended with immediate effect on Thursday by the district magistrate (DM) on the charges of negligence and the government doctors have been also warned of being taken strict action for any negligence in the treatment of the patients. Dr Girish Srivastava of the Primary Health Centre at Salai, Dr Ruchi Srivastava, a public health expert, and Dr Saurav was suspended.
Neeta Kulshresth the Firozabad’s Chief Medical Officer was too removed on Wednesday following the wave of deaths, mostly of children, since August 18 due to suspected cases of dengue.
However, a senior medical department official informed that cases similar to those in Firozabad have also been reported from the nearby districts of Mathura, Etah and Mainpuri.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed by BJP MLA Manish Asija that on the basis of information available with him, the death toll has reached 61. Asija said he is constantly moving about in the area to meet the victims’ families and collecting information about the deaths.
For more than a week now, it is being reported that children in some districts in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been waking up with a high fever and drenched in sweat.
Many of them complained of joint pains, headaches, dehydration and nausea. They also reported rashes spreading across legs and arms in some cases. According to reports, at least 50 people among which most of them are children have died of the fever while several hundred have been admitted to the hospital in six districts in the eastern part of the state. The dead people were tested for Covid-19 but none of them was positive for coronavirus.
This is a mysterious fever that is being reported at the time when the country appears to be slowly recovering from the deadly virus called COVID-19. During this time the deaths in Uttar Pradesh have provoked a rash of panicky headlines about a “mystery fever” sweeping through the countryside of India’s most populous state.
Physicians in a few of the affected districts – Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah, Kasganj and Firozabad – believe dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, could be the main cause of deaths.