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Dengue claims first life in Phagwara

Phagwara, Oct 6 (UNI) Dengue fever has claimed the life of a science teacher in the sub-division .
This is the first case of dengue death reported from DMC Davinder Singh medical institution here on Saturday.
Officials said Pooja Dhandh, who had died of dengue, sparked panic among people as the cases are on the rise.
According to Senior Medical Officer of DMC Davinder Singh, the patient, identified as Pooja Dhandh, resident of Mehli Gate, was working as a teacher in Convent School, Phagwara.
She had been under treatment at a private hospital for the past few days, but was later referred to DMC Ludhiana, where she died during traetment, confirmed Mr Singh.
It has sounded alarm bells for the district heath authorities. The worst-affected area of the district was Phagwara Sub-Division, where more than 156 cases were found positive.
After detailed talks with several private physicians, this correspondent learnt that around 1,000 cases of suspected dengue were unreported in this entire Sub-Division, during the last two months. The visits by Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla on September 30 and Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Tayab later on, did not result in any concrete step, either by the civil administration/Municipal Corporation, or by the Health Department.
Neither the higher authorities could provide a regular Microbiologist, nor could install a Blood Cell Separate Machine in Civil Hospital Phagwara, even after two months of the spread of Dengue epidemic in nearby regions.
When contacted, SMO Singh admitted that the said machine was brought from the District Headquarters Kapurthala, but it could not be made operational, due to different technical reasons.
The SMO said that five suspected dengue patients were presently admitted in the Isolation ward of the Civil Hospital.

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