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First dengue death in Steel City, 28-year-old pregnant woman dies

Jamshedpur , Aug. 14: The steel city witnessed the first dengue death as a 28-year-old woman died of the deadly disease at MGM Medical College and Hospital’s gynaecology department late last evening.

The victim was identified as RinkiJha, a resident of Kitadih in suburban Parsudih area of the city.

MGM Medical College and Hospital superintendent, Vijay Shankar Das confirmed it to be dengue death. ” Yes we did a card test on the patient who was pregnant.

We had also sent the serum samples for Elisa test to the micro-biology department of the MGM Medical College.

Incidentally, the Elisa test report came an hour before the patient died at the hospital,” said Das.

The medical college hospital superintendent said that they had kept the patient at the intensive care unit as her blood pressure level was very low.

He claimed that the patients was being given necessary medical treatment in the line of dengue despite the fact that the Elisa test report was yet to come.

Das also went on to inform that they have already set up an isolation ward for the dengue patient and at the moment there was no confirmed case of dengue at the medical college hospital.

The deceased, RinkiJha was basically a resident of Bhagalpur, but had come to her parents’ house at Kitadih in suburban Parsudih on August 8. As she was down with fever, the family members had on August 9 got her admitted at the medical college and hospital.

Sahir Pall, district officer for the Centre’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) said that there were five confirmed cases of dengue in the city hospitals.

These patients, including RinkiJha were admitted at the MGM Medical College and Hospital and Bramhananda Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (BNSH). He said two patients were admitted at the BNSH and three in the medical college hospital.

District civil surgeon, SK Jha said that he had already sent an alert to the hospitals and other health hubs for making special arrangement to treat the dengue patients.

“I have asked instructed the MGM Medical College and Hospital and other private hospitals, including TMH and Tata Motors Hospital to set up isolation wards for the treatment of dengue cases.

We will once again check up the arrangement for treating the patients suffering from the killer disease and also to check the spread of this viral disease,” said Jha.

Jamshedpur had witnessed an outbreak of dengue in 2010 when four persons had died of the disease. The disease was somewhat contained in 2011, with only nine positive cases and one death.

According to experts the unattended filth and garbage spread all over are some of the major reasons that have led to the breeding of mosquitoes.

In most cases, the garbage and waste is overflowing for days as the concerned staff do not bother to remove it through the waste lifters. Areas like Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pursudih, Marine Drive, Sundernagar are worst hit.

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