On Eid al-Adha when residents in Okhla were busy celebrating the festival of sacrifice, a family in the deprived locality was in mourning. And it had the reason as one of its son died of dengue. Hospitalized in Apollo for dengue treatment, 14-year-old Abu Zar died in the morning.
He was buried at Batla House graveyard after Asar prayer. Saqib Khan’ s another son is also hospitalized and undergoing treatment of the deadly disease that till now has claimed several lives in Okhla, a deprived locality in Delhi lacking in basic amenities with pile-up garbage on roadside, waterlogged roads even in normal days and untrammeled construction work.
A few days ago Saqib had mentioned on his social media timeline that his two sons were down with dengue, urging resident to pray for their quick recovery. It is understood that Afeef Khan too was admitted to Apollo after dengue positive. Abu Zar was on ventilator.
This is not the only case in Okhla. For the last few days, several dengue deaths have taken place that now residents have lost the count.
It was a day earlier, when OKHLATIMES had reported about a death of a small baby of dengue. Residents blame the government and civic agencies for doing little to address the deteriorating situation. Many strongly feel that the government should declare the area as dengue hit locality. Till now majority of deaths in Delhi have taken place in Okhla with media too not reporting the incidents, claimed a resident, who doesn’t want to be identified.