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Deadly dengue claims 2 more lives in 1 street of Okhla; residents angry at leaders’ failure

Deadly dengue claims 2 more lives in 1 street of Okhla; residents angry at leaders’ failure.

Deadly dengue has continued to kill residents in Okhla, a deprived locality with no civic amenities with construction materials dumped everywhere, piled-up garbage on roadsides and water logged streets. The latest victims are 8-year-old boy and a BUMS doctor both residents of F block in Abul Fazal Enclave.

“My son Arbaz Noor was down with high fever. We took him to hospital and doctors diagnosed him dengue. He died in a locality hospital last night,” Arbaz’ father Noor Alam told OKHLATIMES. A resident of Chapra and living in the locality, the family said the burial will take place in Batla House graveyard after Zuhar prayer.

In the same lane, another resident Dr Sarfuddin also died of dengue recently, said Salman Khan, an altruist. He said the body has been taken to Balrampur for burial. “The young doctor was very friendly and when he got fever he was alarmed. He got himself hospitalized but could not recover from the deadly disease,” Khan told OKHLATIMES.

He said another death has taken place in N block. “We have come to know that a woman has died of dengue,” said another resident. However, OKHLATIMES was unable to independently verify this case.

The two deaths have come after OKHLATIMES reported of another death in D block of dengue. NU Khan, RWA chief, told OKHLATIMES that his mother died of dengue. Despite several deaths ground work, like fogging, ending water logging and other issues that lead to mosquito breeding, is still to begin, claimed residents.

And as the death toll is rising, resident are furious at local leaders who they claimed have failed them by doing little to address the situation. Also, several residents claimed that deaths due to dengue are being under reported in the locality as leaders continue to involve in blame game with nobody coming forward to take real steps to address the situation.

What has left residents socked is that NGOs too are doing little to create awareness in the locality. A resident pointed out that it is a tragedy that most Muslim organizations have headquarters here and there are hundreds of NGOs but all appear to be good at making tall claims with nobody concerned with the increase deaths of residents from dengue. Also, they pointed out that open nallah, garbage dumping on roadsides, water logged roads and untrammeled construction work in the locality has contributed to mosquito breeding leading to several deaths.

Besides, several residents are down with mysterious fever and chikungunya.

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