Just a day after claiming its first life, chikungunya death toll increases to 4

| Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 14:15
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New Delhi: A day after a 65-year-old man died in Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital due to chikungunya, three more patients died in the hospital on Tuesday, effectively increasing the death toll of this vector-borne disease to four in the national capital.  

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday, said, "People are coming for treatment at the last stage."

R Pandey, a resident of Ghaziabad, was shifted to Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi from Yashodra Hospital in Ghaziabad in a deteriorating health condition on September 10.

"The patient was under the monitoring of Pooja Khosla, senior consultant at the medicine department. Though we tried treating him, he succumbed to the complications due to chikungunya on Monday at 4.30 am," said a senior official of the hospital.

Following the rise in vector-borne diseases, which also includes malaria, the Cabinet Secretary has directed the health authorities at the central and state governments and municipal corporation level to increase public awareness, with the aim of preventing the disease and also ensure availability of medicines.

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