Following at least 10 deaths in Noida’s Sarfabad village in a short span, an inquiry into the cases by the district administration has revealed most of them were suffering from heart ailments, cancer, liver failure and pancreatitis. Blood tests of samples collected from Sarfabad do not show the prevalence of dengue, said officials Monday.
“Out of the 10 to 11 deaths, three were due to heart ailments, one each due to cancer, hepatitis and pancreatitis. Only in two cases, where proper doctor consultations did not take place and documents relating to their medical history were not available, we suspect they could be related to septicemia. But we cannot ascertain this in the absence of documents,” said Deepak Kumar, Chief Medical Officer, Gautam Budhha Nagar district.
According to officials, the district hospital carried out ELISA tests to detect dengue on 210 blood samples between July 15 and August 15. “Out of these, five were positive for dengue. Three cases were from Gautam Budhha Nagar, one from Karnal and another from Delhi,” said a senior health official.
Commenting on the Sarfabad cases, Dr A K Aggarwal, President (Noida Chapter), Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “We analysed the data collected from the village. Most of the deaths took place due to reasons other than viral fever…”
The District Magistrate, along with NOIDA Authority officials, visited the district hospital, villages of Sarfabad, Chalera and Sadarpur Monday. “We met around 200 patients at the hospital, most of whom had come from Khora, Sadarpur, Chalera, Nithari, Sarfabad. We went to those villages. There were some complaints regarding cleanliness. While fogging had been done in some parts, complaints about garbage disposal came up. The Authority has been asked to ensure that garbage is picked up regularly,” said District Magistrate N P Singh.