A Chinese fruit is in high demand not only in Okhla but across Delhi and other cities as residents feel that it helps in increasing platelet count of patients suffering from dengue.
And as several deaths have already been reported due to dengue from Okhla, a deprived locality of Delhi, the fruit that is also known as kewi whose commercial crop is done in several countries, such as Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France, is now easily available.
Looking at its demand, a small grocery corner shop in Abul Fazal Enclave too is selling it. Deepak Kumar, a salesman at a fruit shop in New Friends’ Colony, said since the dengue outbreak the fruit is in high demand. “Earlier, it used to be sold at about Rs 360 per kg now it is being sold at Rs 420. Many people think that it is good for increasing platelet count in dengue patients,” he told OKHLATIMES.COM.
It is another story that the claim that the fruit that got its name kewi in New Zealand is good at increasing platelet count is yet to be medically established. Many doctors are still not sure about its importance in boosting platelet count in dengue patients.
General physician Nilanjan Banerjee said: “There is no scientific evidence or documented proof that it helps.” Another general physician Prakash Mahajan told TOI: “The fruit is expensive and there is no scientific backing to this claim that there is a direct correlation between kiwi fruit and platelet count. Hence, I would refrain from advising any such thing to my patients.”