Deadly dengue has claimed another victim, a hardware engineer, in deprived Okhla. According to Shaheen Bagh resident Maqsood, 28-year-old Arshad Tahseen died of dengue and was hospitalized in a hospital in Noida.
“A resident of Aurangabad, he was married last year. He is survived with 2-month-old baby and wife. He was a hardware engineer with a private company. After he was down with dengue he was admitted to a local hospital. When his conditions didn’t improve he was rushed to another hospital. Doctors told family members that he was suffering from the rarest of the rarest dengue virus where survival is impossible,” Maqsood, who is from the same city told OKHLATIMES.COM
The burial was performed after Zuhar in Batla House graveyard. This is not the first dengue death in the Okhla, a deprived locality lacking in basic civic amenities, creaking infrastructure, untrammeled illegal construction work and waterlogged roads even during non-monsoon months.
Though there is no data to pinpoint the exact death from dengue, residents said more than ten people have died of the disease, a claim that was difficult for OKHLATIMES to substantiate independently. However, the portal has been reported deaths from dengue that undoubtedly has seen an increase with majority of deaths in Delhi taking place in Okhla. Worse is that the authorities have not still woken up to take drastic steps to end mosquito-breeding with doctors fearing that the worst is yet to come.
With several residents down with dengue, high fever and chikungunya, there is a serpentine queue outside local hospitals for treatment. Some hospitals have removed beds with patients spotted sitting on seat and getting drippings.