There is a spike in dengue cases in Chennai and Coimbatore. In Chennai, at least three deaths have happened in the last one week and the death toll in Coimbatore has also reached nine in the last one year, reported The Times of India.
On Tuesday, a seven-year-old girl, Yazhini V, passed away due to infection at the Coimbatore Government College Hospital. An official from the health department told ToI that the death happened as the parents brought the girl to the hospital at a later stage of the infection. According to the official, the parents ignored the infection after the fever subsided. The official said it was secondary dengue.
Another seven-year-old boy, Bharath, also died on Tuesday due to viral haemorrhagic fever in the same hospital. He was brought to the hospital on September 24 and died on Tuesday.
Now, there are 30 cases of dengue which are being treated at the hospital. Resident Medical Officer A Soundaravel told ToI that there is enough availability of blood and platelets and in case of unavailability, people are getting it through social media.
However, in Chennai, there have been three deaths including an IIT student and a seven-year-old boy from DAV school in Chennai.
According to reports, there are more than 8000 people who have been tested positive for dengue in the last nine months in Tamil Nadu which includes 130 people from Chennai.
Health minister Vijaya Bhaskar and department officials visited various areas in Chennai to conduct checks and promote awareness. "We came across mosquito breeding sites inside and outside houses," director of public health Dr K Kolandiasamy told The Times of India.
Health secretary J Radhakrishnan said that in many cases patients do not meet doctors on time or doctors do not follow protocol.
Bhargav, a seven-year-old student from DAV, Gopalapuram was suffering from fever and was taken to three hospitals on Sunday before he passed away. In another case, Prem Avinash, a third-year student from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras passed away early on Fridaymorning at Apollo Hospital, where he was being treated at Dengue Hemorrhage Fever.