The death of a 27-year-old woman, who was undergoing treatment for dengue at Safdarjung hospital, is reportedly the first case of a patient succumbing to the viral disease in the hospital this season.
A resident of Gurgaon, the victim had been suffering from high fever when she was admitted to hospital on 23 September, said an official of the hospital, adding that the test confirmed the presence of viral disease. The doctors started required treatment, but the woman responded negatively to the treatment following which she died on 29 September, said official, adding that it was the first dengue death in the hospital.
The hospital has admitted 551 confirmed cases of dengue so far. It has also reported that it has received 186 patients of chikungunya and 141 patients of malaria.
This is the fourth dengue death in the national capital. Earlier, a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man were reportedly died of dengue fever at Sir Ganga Ram hospital in July, while a three-year-old had succumbed to disease at Lok Nayak hospital in June.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has announced a dedicated dengue ward in 33 government hospitals.
According to municipal figures, so far the national Capital has recorded nearly 3,865 dengue, 995 malaria and 589 chikungunya cases this year. However, the municipal corporation so far has reported only one dengue death of a 12-year-old boy at Sir Ganga Ram hospital.
Meanwhile, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital has reported 593 cases of dengue this season.
31 deaths due to Swine flu at RML Hospital
This season H1N1 influenza has created a distressing situation in the Capital as the RML hospital has reported 31 deaths due to swine flu. Out of these, 17 were the residents of Delhi, three belonged to Haryana, two were from Uttarakhand, eight from Uttar Pradesh and one from Madhya Pradesh.
The hospital has received 334 patients of swine flu in this season so far, of which 200 hail from Delhi and 134 from outside the national Capital. The hospital has also reported 332 patients of chikungunya.
Last season, over 4,259 people had been diagnosed with H1N1 and 12 had succumbed to the disease, in the worst outbreak since 2009.