Water and vector-borne diseases have claimed five lives at the New Civil Hospital here since Saturday.
The city of Surat,having received the highest rainfall in the past three months,saw a rise in the number of malaria,jaundice and gastroenteritis cases.
Ten-month-old Sakera Patrawala,a resident of Ruderpura,who was suffering from fever,had been undergoing treatment at a private clinic for the past few days. When the fever refused to subside, her father Ilyas Patrawala took her to Apple hospital. There the doctors examined her and found her to be suffering from dengue. Sakera finally died on Sunday in hospital.
Two more patients Rakesh Kushwaha (28),a resident of Shrinathnagar in Unn,and Govind Singh Rajput (35),a resident of Dindoli,Limbayat,were suffering from fever when they were admitted to private clinics and later shifted to New Civil Hospital. Both were declared dead on Monday.
Meanwhile,two farm labourers,Anju Nayka (46) and Jayenti Patel (42),both residents of Mahuva taluka in Surat district,were suffering from fever for the past few days. They were undergoing treatment at a private hospital and were later shifted to NCH. After undergoing some tests,it was found that they were suffering from Leptospirosis,commonly seen among farm labourers working on fields with bare hands and feet.
The doctors claimed that when both these patients turned up at the hospital,it was already too late. Their internal organs,including lungs had been damaged by the leptospira bacteria,causing their death on Sunday night.
Seven more patients,all of whom were farm labourers and suffering from Leptospirosis,were admitted to New Civil Hospital. There have been 46 leptospirosis deaths in the past few months and over a hundred patients have undergone treatment at NCH.
Deputy Health Commissioner with Surat Municipal Corporation R J Patel said,At present,the situation is under control. We are working hard. Our staff have already identified several mosquito breeding areas and have started sprinkling mud on them. We have also started educating school teachers about the different types of mosquitoes and diseases caused by them. We have put up hoardings in different areas of the city to educate people in proper cleanliness.
The patients turn to government hospitals only when it is too late. Initially they prefer treatment at private clinics and when the fever does not subside,the doctors at private clinics recommend hospitalisation. When the patients reach a government hospital,the disease has already reached an incurable level. We suggest that people in Surat went to an Urban Health Centre,where we have 24-hour laboratory facility that can give blood test results within a couple of hours, he said.