Woman dies of suspected dengue near Tiruttani

Chennai: A 21-year-old woman near Tiruttani succumbed to fever after treatment failed to cure her. Her relatives said she was suffering from dengue.

The woman, identified as Sangeetha from Arungulam village, was admitted to Tiruttani Government Hospital last week. She was then shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital as the fever intensified.

In Chennai, reports suggest that around 200 children with mystery fever have been admitted to the Institute of Child Health (ICH), among which, 45-50 have been identified as dengue cases.

Around 500 patients with dengue and related symptoms are undergoing treatments at various government hospitals in the city.

It is to be noted that three deaths have been recorded in Tiruttani recently. However, the officials from State Health Department stated that there have been only three deaths documented in Tamilnadu from January 2019 till date.

”Around 3,000 cases of the fever have been reported in the State from early this year. Special teams have been deployed to undertake fogging activity, destruct Aedes mosquito species and identify breeding areas,” said Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Director, K Kolandaswamy.

He further said that the incidences are less in comparison with the previous year data, but suspected dengue cases are more in border districts like Dharmapuri and Chennai among many other places.

As far as Chennai is concerned, the prevalance is more in north Chennai. He stated, ”The Greater Chennai Corporation has deployed 4,000 domestic workers to identify breeding spots and 160 teams to distribute Nilavembu kudineer.”

The Director emphasised on maintaining clean environment to prevent multiplication of Aedes mosquitoes.

NT Bureau