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Another dengue death in Shaheen Bagh rattles Okhla residents

Another resident of Shaheen Bagh has died of dengue, according to residents. Asad Iqbal, 18, died of dengue today, reports Jauwad Hassan.

denguedeathinokhlaFamily member Quaisar Raza told OKHLATIMES that the boy was first admitted to Al Shifa hospital and after his condition deteriorated he was rushed to Apollo hospital for treatment where he succumbed to the disease.

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It is understood that Asad was rushed to Apollo in critical condition where he had to undergo dialysis also. He was admitted to ICU and was on ventilator from the beginning as his platelet had come down.

Basically from Motihari, Asad had been living in Shaheen Bagh for the last one year doing his studies, according to family members. His body is to be taken to his hometown for burial, said relatives.

This is not the first dengue case in Jamia Nagar, a deprived locality lacking basic amenities with broken roads, piled up garbage dumped on roadsides and waterlogged roads main features even when it is not raining. The death has come a few days after report surfaced of another Abul Fazal Enclave boy dying of dengue. Moreover, a few days ago sister-in-law of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan had died of dengue. She too was resident of AFE.

“The situation is really worrying in the locality as hospitals are full with dengue patients,” said activist Aqeel Ahmad, who organised dengue awareness camp today in Shaheen Bagh.

Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan told OKHLATIMES: “My appeal to small hospitals is that they should not admit dengue patients. And if they do then should refer it to big hospitals or Government run immediately. It has been found that these small hospitals don’t have adequate facilities for platelet. The MCD is not doing anything in the locality as most of the deaths have taken place in AFE and Shaheen Bagh. Just see four deaths have taken place in Okhla. Tomorrow I am meeting MCD commissioner to raise the issue.”

Residents lamented to lack of cleanliness drive in the locality by authorities and claimed that rather than addressing the issue, political parties are involved in blame game pointing our fingers to each other rather than doing any ground work to address the situation.

Congress youth leader Pervez Alam Khan said: “Another death is shocking. Till know five deaths have been reported in Delhi of dengue and out of them four are reportedly from Okhla. Very little has been done to address the situation and stop mosquito breeding in the locality.”

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