Even as Sri Lanka officially became Malaria free on September 5, India’s woes with the disease took a U-turn as the country registered its second death in a year due to Malaria.
A 3o-year-old man died due Malaria in Delhi on September 4, India’s second death to the vector-borne disease this year.
The victim, identified as Praveen Sharma was admitted to East Delhi’s Max Super Specialty Hospital on August 28, 2016.
At the time of admission, Praveen was suffering from high fever and weakness and tests confirmed that he had malaria.
After undergoing initial treatment at Max Hospital, Praveen was referred to Safdarjung Hospital on September 2 as his condition had deteriorated over the days. Unfortunately, the doctors even at the Safdarjung Hospital couldn’t do much for Praveen and he lost his life due to Malaria on September 4.
According to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) number of malaria cases in Delhi has been on a high this season with as many as 19 cases have already been reported.
Though this first Malaria Death in Delhi in last five years, it must be noted that there was another Malaria-related death in India earlier this year
Delhi currently is plagued with many other vector-borne diseases as well.
Since January as many as 711 cases of dengue (4 deaths), 560 cases of chikungunya has been reported. The number is expected to be much higher as this figure don’t take into consideration the National Capital Regions (NCR).
Delhi lost as many as 60 people to dengue last year, with total 15,896 cases of Dengue being reported.