Suspected dengue in UP, more than 40 die of viral fever, Firozabad CMO transferred

Firozabad/Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred the Chief Medical Officer of Firozabad after at least 41 people, mostly children, died of suspected dengue and viral fever.

According to a government order, Dr Dinesh Kumar Premi will be the new CMO of Firozabad. Till now he was holding the charge of additional CMO in Hapur.

It has been said in the order that CMO Neeta Kulshrestha has been transferred from Firozabad to the post of Senior Consultant of Malkhan Singh District Hospital in Aligarh. However, the reason for the transfer has not been mentioned in the order.

Agra Divisional Additional Director (Health) AK Singh and Firozabad Government Medical College principal Sangeeta Aneja told reporters that 41 people, mostly children, died due to viral fever and suspected dengue in the last 10 days.

An ICMR team has reached Firozabad to take stock of the situation, which has created widespread concern. Earlier on Tuesday, Firozabad BJP MLA Manish Asija had claimed that 44 people had died of suspected dengue in the district between August 22-23.

The Chief Minister had said after the visit, “So far 32 children and seven adults have died.

After the chief minister’s visit, Singh and Aneja along with other senior health officials visited the affected areas of Firozabad and inquired about the patients admitted in the hospitals.

The two officials said in a joint press conference that 36 of the dead were from urban and five from rural areas. He added that high fever along with dehydration, abdominal pain, anemia and drop in platelet count have been observed in the victims.

The Additional Director said that an 18-member medical team, including members from Agra, Meerut and Kanpur, has reached Firozabad to assist in dealing with the disease.

Along with this, the surveillance team is roaming in the affected areas of Firozabad for information about the mosquitoes that spread the disease. Aneja said 538 people got themselves tested at the medical college in Firozabad and out of them 126 were found to be suffering from dengue.

Aneja said that none of the samples has tested positive for COVID-19. Aneja said that children are falling ill due to sudden drop of water in the body and stomach infection.

Health officials said dengue is suspected to have spread in Firozabad as well as Mathura and it is suspected that the disease may have been transmitted from animals.

He said that out of the 300 beds available in the medical college, 240 are currently full. An additional 100 beds are being added to cater to the growing number of patients.

A total of 35 samples have been sent to KGMC, Lucknow and the report is expected soon. Some other samples have also been sent to a National Virology Laboratory in Pune.

Meanwhile, opposition parties expressed concern over the situation, with the Samajwadi Party alleging that people are suffering due to poor health services. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has claimed that 56 people have died. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had gone to meet some dengue patients on Monday.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati also expressed concern over the deaths of several children. He also raised the issue of floods in some parts of the state and asked the state government to take the situation seriously, otherwise it would get out of hand.

Interacting with party workers in the state capital to take their reaction on the current political situation in the state, he asked them to help those affected.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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