Cerebral Malaria Claims Many Lives
NOIDA: More than a dozen persons have died of
cerebral malaria in Greater Noida, even as malaria and
typhoid are sweeping through most of the area.
Hospitals in Dadri, for instance, remain packed with fever
patients. And beds have been placed even in the
corridors. Local hospitals have referred many patients to
hospitals in Ghaziabad and elsewhere.
Requested to comment on the cerebral malaria deaths,
UP minister of state for health, Dr A K Jain, said, `This
kind of thing keeps happening. For instance, hundreds have died of encephalitis in Gonda and Bahraich. This
should not be sensationalised.''
Dr Piyush Agarwal of Dadri's Bhagwati nursing home,
said encephalitis in the area is being caused by cerebral
malaria and also mismanaged typhoid. ``The symptoms
can include high fever, difficulty in breathing, hypotension
(fall in blood pressure) and erratic behaviour on account
of the brain involvement. The onset can be sudden, or it
can come on two or three days after the fever begins''.
He said the mortality rate for encephalitis ``can be 15 to
20 per cent even with the best treatment. Jarcha Kalonda
and Khatana are the worst affected areas of Greater
Dr Dhirendra Singh said his Navin hospital was coming
across 30 to 40 malaria cases a day, apart from many of
typhoid. Several cases with symptoms of encephalitis
have also arrived. "We have had 60 malaria patients from neighbouring Khandera village alone. Over 75 per cent of
the village has had malaria," he said.
Meanwhile, Gautam Budh Nagar chief medical officer, Dr
Shravan Kumar, admitted to several deaths from cerebral
malaria lately. He also admitted a high incidence of
malaria and typhoid.
Dr Kumar said all fever patients should be rushed to
hospital, so that lives could be saved.
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