Authorities in denial mode, say only three have died
The city reported another suspected dengue death on Monday. Huda Tabassum (6), daughter of vegetable vendor Shaikh Shafi of Vijanapura in K.R. Puram, died at the State-run Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH) after battling with symptoms of the vector-borne disease for 10 days.
With this, three dengue deaths have been reported from Vijinapura. The other two are Vishnu (16) and Irshad (24).
Although Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) health officials and IGICH doctors denied it was dengue, sources said that the UKG student was first admitted to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital with dengue symptoms. “She was shifted to a private hospital after her condition deteriorated. From there she was referred to IGICH, hours before her death,” the sources said.
IGICH director Shivananda said that the child arrived in a critical stage. Her blood sample had tested negative for dengue at Bowring Hospital. “We are testing the samples and reports will arrive in two days. Although her symptoms are similar to that of dengue shock syndrome, nothing can be said till the reports arrive,” he said.
Meanwhile, a senior BBMP health official said that the city had recorded 315 positive cases of dengue since January. Although several deaths have been reported in the last one month, officials said that there were only tree deaths due to dengue.
Keywords: Dengue death