Tuesday April 23, 2019

Kejriwal urged to take action for Odisha boy’s death

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Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to take action against the hospitals that allegedly did not admit a boy. Though suspected to be suffering from dengue yet the delay in treatment and access to medication resulted in the child’s tragic death, a release said.

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photo credits: The Indian Express

His parents, Laxmichandra and Babita Rout, natives of Odisha, committed suicide by jumping from a four-storey building in Delhi on September 9, a day after their only son Avinash died due to hospital negligence.

In a telephonic call to Kejriwal, Patnaik expressed grave concern over the sad demise of the child allegedly after private hospitals in the national capital declined to admit him and it eventually led to the suicide of his parents, the release added.

 

Patnaik also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the bereaved family of the couple and their child, who lived in Jaguleipada village in Kendrapara district.

He also ordered the Kendrapada district collector to include the family’s relations under various social welfare schemes of the government.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered a probe into the three deaths. The union health ministry also ordered an inquiry into the case.

(with inputs from IANS)

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1bn People Could be Exposed to Dengue, Zika by 2080

Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease across the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

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Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito that typically attacks during day time. Pixabay

Global warming could expose as many as a billion people to mosquito-borne diseases including dengue and Zika by 2080, says a new study that examined temperature changes on a monthly basis worldwide.

The study found that with the rise in temperature, dengue is expected to have a year-round transmission in the tropics and seasonal risks almost everywhere else. A greater intensity of infections is also predicted.

To understand, researchers from Georgetown University in the US looked at temperatures month by month to project the risks through 2050 and 2080.

While almost all of the world’s population could be exposed at some point in the next 50 years, places like Europe, North America, and high elevations in the tropics that used to be too cold for the viruses will face new diseases like dengue.

On the other hand, in areas with the worst climate increase, including west Africa and southeast Asia, serious reductions are expected for the Aedes albopictus mosquito, most noticeably in southeast Asia and west Africa, revealed the study, published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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A Manila Health officer shows off a pair of vials of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia after being recalled from local government health centers Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in “a much safer way,” meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease. VOA

Both Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes can carry dengue, chikunguyna and Zika viruses, as well as at least a dozen other emerging diseases.

“Climate change is the largest and most comprehensive threat to global health security,” said Colin J. Carlson, postdoctoral candidate in Georgetown University in the US.

“The risk of disease transmission is a serious problem, even over the next few decades,” Carlson added.

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Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease across the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The 2018 data from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and National Health Profile showed that cases of dengue increased 300 per cent — from less than 60,000 cases in 2009, it increased to 188,401 in 2017. (IANS)