The report of a five-year-old girl dying of dengue today has left residents shocked. Aiman died at 3 am in a Delhi-based hospital where she was taken after her condition deteriorated, said Anisur Rahman, who knows the family for years.
The girl was laid to rest at Batla House graveyard today in the morning. A resident of Zakir Nagar, the girl was unwell for the last three years and was undergoing treatment by a local doctor to be hospitalized when her condition got worse, said Rahman.
When asked how did he and family members knew that the girl died of dengue, he said: “There are some doctors too in our family. She was suffering from dengue and there is no doubt on this claim.”
Aiman’s father Zulqurnain is an engineer by profession. The family and relatives were mourning the death. “After the death of the small girl of dengue we residents are deeply worried. There is waterlogging close by our flat and despite complaining several times no action has been taken. As we all know that how dangerous waterlogging is during this time when reports are surfacing of cases of vector-borne diseases spreading in Delhi,” said Zakir Nagar resident Wasook Ul Ajar Malik.
Residents still remember when last year several cases of dengue deaths were reported from neglected Jamia Nagar. And it appears, according to some residents, that no lesson has been learnt with the locality continue to lag in basic amenities with waterlogging a perennial issue and unauthorized construction: Two main causes for the breeding of mosquitoes.