Despite doctors’ assurances that dengue is not fatal unless the patient has comorbidities (the presence of one or more diseases in addition to a primary disease), a 35-year-old man from Dahisar died of the disease on Monday.
Mahendra Yadav, an auto driver from Rawalpada, is the fifth person to succumb to the disease in the city. Yadav was admitted at Anjoo Hospital and Trauma Care Centre in Rawalpada on Saturday with high fever and a platelet count of 35,000. “His condition had improved on Sunday but that night, he started complaining of breathlessness and a stomach ache. He died the next morning around 9.30am,” said medical director of the hospital Dr MB Vaishya.
According to experts, less than 1% of all dengue patients face the possibility of death. Sometimes, serious dengue patients can die of a haemorrhagic shock. While doctors treating him agree that Yadav didn’t have any comorbidities, his family believes that the hospital’s inefficiency led to his death.
“The hospital claims to have an intensive critical care unit and a trauma centre, but doesn’t even have a ventilator or an intensivist to keep tabs on patients,” said Yadav’s brother, Yogesh.
In response to the allegations, Dr Vaishya said, “We are an upcoming hospital and are not yet fully-equipped to start the ICCU service. We usually don’t admit serious patients, but we hadn’t expected this case to take such a bad turn.”
The hospital did not inform the BMC about Yadav’s death either. Dr Mangala Gomare, epidemiology head of the BMC, said, “We haven’t received a notification about any dengue death in Dahisar in the past three days.”