Delhi govt committee rules out chikungunya as primary cause of deaths

The expert committee has also rejected the chikungunya-related deaths at two government hospitals — AIIMS and Hindu Rao — stating that the patients died of other complications.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2016 2:41 am
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A committee set up by the Delhi government to look into deaths due to chikungunya complications has said the deaths were not due to the mosquito-borne infection. The panel has said most patients had other complications “with co-morbid condition of chikungunya”.

The expert committee has also rejected the chikungunya-related deaths at two government hospitals — AIIMS and Hindu Rao — stating that the patients died of other complications.

At private hospitals, the committee has attributed most of the deaths to old-age related complications such as multi-organ dysfunction, acute kidney injuries, heart-related and lung-related complications, and septic shock.

It has also dismissed the death of a 22-year-old woman reported at MCD-run Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and said she died of “anemia, pneumonia, myocarditis and shock”.

What the panel says:

Deaths at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

* Ramendra Pandey (65) – Sepsis, multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock, acute kidney injury, co-morbid chikungunya.

* Uday Shanker Prasad (61) – Sepsis, multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock, acute kidney injury, hemophagocytic syndrome, chikungunya fever, tested positive for chikungunya with co-morbid condition of chikungunya.

* Ashok Chauhan (62) – Acute febrile illness with septic shock, acute kidney injury multi-organ dysfunction, hypertension with co-morbid condition of chikungunya.

* Prakash Kalra (75) – Acute febrile illness with septic shock with MODS with co-morbid condition of chikungunya.

* J D Madan (75) – Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, acute febrile illness with septic shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation, multi-organ failure with co-morbid condition of chikungunya.

Deaths at Apollo hospital

* A D Kalra (88) – systemic hypertension, obesity, hypothyroidism, multi-organ failure, chronic kidney disease with co-morbid condition of chikungunya

* Anand Kumar Verma (85) – Myocarditis with hypothyroidism and pulmonary embolism.

* Mahender Singh Tyagi (80) – Sepsis shock with multi-organ failure with co-morbid condition of chikungunya.

Death at Max Hospital

* Purnima Singh (60) – Diabetes mellitus type- II, acute kidney injury, sepsis with septic shock with co-morbid condition of chikungunya

Death at Hindu Rao hospital

* Isha (22) – Anemia, pneumonia, myocarditis and shock.

Death at AIIMS

* Surender (50) – COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) with sepsis.