A 46-year-old man, who died at Bokaro General Hospital on Wednesday, is seemingly the second dengue fatality in the state this year.
R.J.P. Yadav worked in the operation garage wing of Bokaro Steel and was admitted to the government hospital on September 30. He had tested positive for dengue and his blood platelet count had dropped below 40,000 before he died of renal failure.
On September 22, Apollo Hospitals in Ranchi had confirmed death of one Tushar Kumar, a teenaged victim of the vector-borne disease.
The state health department, however, is yet to issue dengue confirmation on either death.
In Bokaro, more than 18 people have tested positive for dengue so far. Most of them are residents of Balidih, Radhanagar, Sector IV and Sector IX. Yadav is said to be the first one to succumb to the disease.
Bokaro Steel chief of communications Sanjay Tewary said Yadav had been admitted to hospital with dengue, but civil surgeon S.N. Tewary said they could confirm the cause of death only after blood reports came from Ranchi.
“The patient’s samples had been sent to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. Whether he (Yadav) died of dengue will be known after we get the report,” the civil surgeon insisted.
Like every monsoon, dengue has been stalking the state since June.
Altogether 29 cases have been reported at RIMS alone since August 2. Currently, 12 patients are lodged in the dengue ward of the state-run hospital.
State malaria officer Pradeep Baskey said no death due to dengue had been reported from any government hospital. “I cannot say much about patients seeking care at private clinics,” he said.
In steel city Jamshedpur, 10 people have tested positive for dengue, according to data made available by Kolhan’s lone vector lab at MGM Medical College in Dimna.
The blood samples of patients had been sent from Tata Main Hospital (Bistupur) and Mercy Hospital (Baridih).