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Panel to probe ‘dengue’ deaths


Bhubaneswar, Aug 12:

The health department on Sunday formed a five-member team of doctors to ascertain the actual cause of death of two persons who died in the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, after their blood samples were detected with dengue positive virus.

Sources in the department said that the team would examine the records of these two deceased patients including that of Bapi Behera of Jajpur district, who died on Friday night in the medicine ICU of the SCB Medical College and Hospital. Behera, having been diagnosed as a dengue patient, was under treatment for over ten days.

“Since patients diagnosed as dengue positive cases are also suffering from malaria, multiple organ failure and other diseases, how can we conclude that the two recent deaths in the hospital are due to dengue?”,asked SCB emergency officer BN Moharana, emergency officer of the SCB hospital while refusing to confirm that the two deaths were caused due to dengue.

Going by the statement of Moharana, it is quite obvious that the hospital authorities are sincere in their efforts to keep their political boos in good humour.

Despite the fact that at least four persons have died in Cuttack city alone due to dengue since last month, health minister Damodar Rout continues to put up a brave face claiming that there has been no dengue death in the State this year.