Noor Alam resides in Okhla’s Abul Fazal Enclave. Self-employed, he and his other family members are yet to overcome the loss of their 8-year-old son Arbaz Noor. In an exclusive interaction with a few journalists at his AFE flat, he narrated the story with heavy heart at times his eyes welled up.
“My son Arbaz was down with high fever. We took him to a local doctor who administered him antibiotics. After a few days his conditions deteriorated and we rushed him to Holy Family Hospital where doctors told us that his condition was critical. Blood was coming from his nose and other places and he died on September 1,” said Alam, a resident of Chapra who has been living in Okhla for several years with his family and other children.
The boy was buried at Batla House graveyard.
This is not only one incident in Okhla, a deprived locality. Since the outbreak of the deadly disease, several deaths have taken place leaving parents and family members in shock. The situation is such that residents know fear the name of mosquito. Worse, the deaths have been underreported in the media and hence many are not aware how serious the health issue is.
In the same lane on the same day a young doctor married just six months ago died of dengue. His body was taken to Uttar Pradesh for burial. Since his death, the clinic that used to be run by both husband and wife (BUMS) continues to be closed.