Five dengue deaths in two months

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Since August, 440 cases were reported in PMC, PCMC and Pune rural areas.

The death of two dengue patients at Sassoon hospital in October has pushed up the toll at various hospitals in Pune to five in two months. The patients who died in October were from Kothrud and Hadapsar, said Sassoon officials.

Meanwhile, the positive cases were also climbing. In October, the state diagnostic laboratory at Sassoon received 367 blood samples from patients in Pune as well from other places to run blood tests. Dr D B Kadam, head of Department of Medicine said these samples were from Pune and other areas.

Of these, 79 tested positive for dengue, 40 for chikungunya and 26 for leptospirosis.

PMC health officials reported four deaths city hospitals in two months. One was from Kothrud who died at Sassoon, another was from Kothrud who died at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital. One was from Hingnekhurd and died at Poona hospital and another died at Samarth hospital.

"We have yet to receive the latest information about another death from Sassoon general hospital," Dr S T Pardeshi, acting chief medical officer, PMC said.

Taking into account one of the deaths in October as a patient from Hadapsar, the toll in the city stands at five. "Both the deaths in October were of patients from Kothrud and Hadapsar," Dr D G Kulkarni, medical superintendent, told Newsline requesting that names of the patients be not disclosed.

Dr Vaishali Jadhav, who is in charge of the insect control department at PMC said that from January to October, 259 dengue cases were reported in city hospitals. Since August, 440 cases were reported in PMC, PCMC and Pune rural areas, Jadhav said.

A meeting was on Wednesday held with doctors to stress the importance of reporting all dengue cases to the municipal health authorities.

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