Even as the capital continues to record a spike in the number of mosquito-borne diseases this monsoon, a 30-year-old man from east Delhi has succumbed to malaria.
According to the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), no death has occurred in Delhi due to malaria in four years, from 2012 till July this year. But sources said a 62-year-old woman from Shahdara succumbed to the disease in July.
At least 19 cases of malaria have been reported in the capital until September 3, according to municipal corporation records.
Praveen Sharma, a local businessman and resident of Mandawali, died of cerebral malaria on September 4 in Safdarjung Hospital. By the time he was brought to Safdarjung Hospital from Max Hospital in Patparganj, Sharma was already brain dead, said sources.
They said Sharma had been admitted to Max Hospital on August 28 and tested positive for malaria.
“He was confirmed positive for malaria by Max Patparganj. He was suffering from cerebral malaria and died due to multi-organ failure,” said Dr A K Rai, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital.
Sharma is survived by his wife and a year-old daughter.
“He was admitted to Max Hospital with 102-degree fever, but his temperature shot up to 107 degrees. After his admission, he tested positive for malaria.
Later, he was put on ventilator and his condition turned critical. We were referred to Safdarjung Hospital… however, at Max Hospital, we were not updated about how critical his condition was…,” alleged Sharma’s relative.
Denying allegations levelled by the family, a spokesperson for Max Hospital said “… Praveen Sharma was brought to Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, on August 28, at 5:22 pm. He was suffering from high temperature with chills, vomiting, difficulty in breathing and came in an unconscious state. After being examined at the emergency unit, he was diagnosed as suffering from cerebral malaria and sepsis. The patient was immediately incubated and put on ventilator support. The patient’s condition was monitored closely by leading experts and he was provided the best-in-class treatment, as per standard protocols. The family was also informed about his critical condition in time.”
“On September 2, the patient’s attendants insisted upon shifting the patient to another hospital and the patient was discharged the same day at 7.37 pm, and left against medical advice. We extend our deepest condolences to the patient’s family,” added the spokesperson.