Since the onset of monsoon, a dozen persons suffering from dengue have been treated at Bokaro General Hospital, its director has said, but the district civil surgeon refuses to buy it.
This August, eight persons suffering from dengue were admitted to the 1,106-bed health hub run by SAIL, the most high-profile being Shyam Mohan, former general manager of Bokaro Steel Limited, who happens to be the husband of state women’s commission chairperson Hemlata S. Mohan.
Mohan was admitted to the ICU on August 24. His condition is said to be serious. Mohan apart, three more dengue patients are undergoing treatment while four others have been discharged.
According to hospital authorities, Mohan is the seventh of eight patients in this month.
Patients have come from Chas, Chandankyari, sectors IX and sector IV in Bokaro steel city, Shivandih and Bermo subdivision zone.
Dengue, caused by a virus of the same name, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Bokaro General Hospital director Dr A.K. Singh said they have kept records of all patients suffering from dengue.
But Bokaro civil surgeon S.N. Tewary has said that he would not believe the hospital’s claim. “Unless blood samples are sent to me or catered to RIMS, Ranchi, or Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Dhanbad, I won’t believe patients are suffering from dengue,” he said.
Tewary added that it was mandatory for Bokaro General Hospital “to inform us about this deadly disease”.
“Our first job is to provide the best treatment we can to patients. Records are there and can be seen by authorities concerned,” Bokaro General Hospital director Singh said.