Barely days after Sachin Bandekar’s 58-year-old mother Anitha had recovered from dengue infection, the 34-year-old from Tingrenagar and his six-year-old daughter Saumya, were admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic this week. On Sunday, doctors at Ruby Hall confirmed that Sachin Bandekar died of dengue shock syndrome and multi organ failure.
When contacted, the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities said they are yet to get information about the death. They, however, insisted that the case would be notified as a dengue death only after certification from the death audit committee.
Sujith Dilip, a close relative of Sachin Bandekar and owner of Rambo circus told The Indian Express that it has only been a while in the hospital since he has been detected with diabetes. Otherwise, he was fit, he said.
“Sachin’s mother had recovered from dengue after being hospitalised for eight days at Ruby Hall Clinic.
The PMC health workers had sent their team for vector control measures after the mother’s dengue infection was reported by the hospital. However, this week, Sachin who is a mechanical engineer with a city-based IT firm took ill and was admitted on Friday to Ruby Hall Clinic. On Saturday, his six-year-old daughter was admitted again for dengue treatment. He was the only son and was looking after his mother and sister besides his own family, Sujith said.
The relatives are relieved that his six-year-old kid fortunately fought the infection and was discharged from the hospital Dr R B Gulati, who treated Sachin, confirmed that he died due to multiple organ failure. “This is one of my first patients who have died due to dengue-related infection. A majority of patients do recover after hospitalisation.
This case was very tragic. The mother had recovered from dengue and then her son was admitted along with his little daughter. Sachin had been unwell for the past five days and had suffered a severe case of dengue infection,” Dr Gulati said.
Dr Sanjay Pathare, medical director from Ruby Hall Clinic, said at least two deaths have been reported to the PMC health authorities from January this year. “Information about all dengue patients is given to PMC. All dengue deaths are informed,” Dr Pathare said.
‘100 confirmed dengue cases in August alone’
According to the communicable diseases report issued by the PMC from January till September 10 this year, a total of 1,286 suspected cases of dengue have been registered out of which 220 have been confirmed as positive. In August, out of 531 suspected cases of dengue, a total of 100 were confirmed positive. However, not a single death has been confirmed due to dengue viral infection.
A death audit committee verifies whether the case was a dengue death and then declares it. This year, only one case has been sent for being certified as a dengue death.