Health officials refuse to come out with details citing "gag orders" from official
HYDERABAD: Even as the civic administration continues to be on the defensive regarding the incidence of dengue fever in the twin cities, the number of cases continued to grow on Monday with 10 more suspected cases being reported from different hospitals.
Surprisingly, several health officials refused to come out with details on the cases to the media, citing "gag orders" from a certain top civic official. However, sources said the suspected cases reported on Monday included two at NIMS, four at Yashoda Hospital, one at Hope Hospital, two at New Life, Chaderghat, and one at Fever Hospital in Nallakunta.
District Health and Medical Officer S. Satyavathi, however, said the official machinery, which was closeted in a meeting on the issue with Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad Commissioner Sanjay Jaju till late in the evening, was yet to get confirmations on any of these cases.
Serum reports of all the suspected cases, Dr. Satyavathi said, were expected by Tuesday evening or Wednesday.
The total number of suspected dengue cases in the city, from Friday to Monday, now stands at 28. The places from where the cases were reported so far included Amannagar, Saidabad, Barkas, Seetaphalmandi, Darulshifa, Yousufguda, Shalivahananagar, Kanchanbagh, Santoshnagar, Puranapul, Aliabad and Kishanbagh.
Meanwhile, activists of the Congress, Youth Congress and NSUI, led by AICC secretary P. Sudhakar Reddy took out an awareness programme on dengue, Chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases in the city. The programme that started at the Nagamaiahkunta slum, cleaned the area and sprayed DDT apart from distributing pamphlets on the prevention of such diseases.
The team also visited Fever Hospital and enquired about the condition of Mahmood Rafeeq from Domalguda, who was admitted to the hospital following the suspicion that he had dengue fever.