Sunday November 17, 2019

Incessant dengue: Figure reaches 21 in capital

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: With dengue claiming three more lives on Thursday, the toll in the national capital rose to 21 on Friday.

photo credit: indianexpress.com
photo credit: indianexpress.com

Mohd. Shehwaj (11) from Uttar Pradesh, Kiran Kumari (12) from Delhi’s Nangloi and Rahisha (37) from Dwarka area died on Thursday at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain earlier announced that a total of 11 people died of dengue in the city.

“They all died due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure on Thursday,” an RML official said.

In another case, an 18-year-old Rishabh succumbed to the virus at Max Hospital in Vaishali in Ghaziabad on Thursday.

According to Rishab’s family, the Delhi youth was first taken to the Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar then to Max Hospital, Patparganj, and finally to Max Hospital, Vaishali, where he died.

“We first took him to Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar on Monday, where his platelet count was found to be 80,000. The doctors there told us to arrange five units of platelets. Around 2.30 AM on Monday, the doctors said he was critical and must be shifted to a bigger hospital,” said Rishabh’s elder brother Himangshu.

“… we took him to Max Hospital, Patparganj, early Wednesday where there weren’t enough beds… We then took him to Max in Vaishali around 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was put on ventilator but he died around 6 PM on Thursday,” he added.

A Max hospital statement said: “Rishab was brought to the emergency room of Max Hospital, Patparganj, in a critical condition on September 16 (Wednesday) early morning hours with diagnosis of dengue shock syndrome fever with Thrombocytopenia.”

“On investigation, his platelet count was found very low 9,000 and one unit of platelet was transfused. Since the critical care beds were not available, the option of shifting the patient to nearby Max Vaishali was given to the attendants. In the meantime, patient was managed in the Emergency care of Max Patparganj,” it added.

“With the consent of the attendant, the patient was shifted to Max Vaishali in an advanced cardiac life support ambulance with emergency doctor and a paramedic staff in the evening of 16 September. In spite of all active resuscitation measures put in by the team of doctors, the patient succumbed to dengue on September 17 (Thursday) at 5.55 PM.”

(with inputs from IANS)

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)