Dhubri, Oct. 6: Prantik Paul, 6, a class I student of ward 11 of Dhubri town died of suspected dengue last night.
Paul was admitted to Dhubri civil hospital three days ago but was referred to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) yesterday.
Family members, however, took him to Gauripur nursing home in view of his deteriorating condition, where he was again referred to GMCH.
Prantik died on the way to Guwahati last night, a family member said.
With four more cases detected in Dhubri district, including two in Dhubri town, the total number of people suffering from dengue has risen to 16 in the district.
Two persons with dengue were detected this week, one from NS Road and another from Church Road of the town. One patient is undergoing treatment in Dhubri civil hospital while the other is being treated at home.
An official source said as precautionary measure to prevent the spread of dengue, the health department has already distributed 97,440 mosquito nets among the villagers in the district while 32,920 more mosquito nets have been medicated and kept ready for distribution.
Dhubri joint-director of health services Nilmadhab Das said 2 metric tonnes of DDT has been sprayed in the town and villages of district.
"We are taking all possible measures to prevent the spread of the disease, including fogging the drains and breeding places of the mosquitoes," Das said.
A source in the health department said departments like public health engineering department have a bigger role to play in keeping the urban and rural areas clean.
"But these departments are not paying much heed to the problem and that is the reason the disease is spreading," the source alleged.
#The total number of dengue cases has reached 2,508 in the state. The disease has claimed three lives in the state.