Three-year-old Tanya, Third Child to Succumb to Dengue in Delhi

Three-year-old Tanya has died of dengue, becoming the third child to succumb to the disease in Delhi.

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Dengue patients at AIIMS. (Photo: ANI)

Dengue has claimed the life of another child, taking the official death toll to 15. This has been the worst outbreak of the disease in Delhi in five years. Tanya, aged 3, has succumbed to the disease.

Concerned by the alarming rise in cases, the Delhi High Court asked the state government and civic bodies to explain the steps being taken to check the crisis. Government hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of patients and have an inadequate number of beds to offer. Three or four people are having to share a bed.

The Delhi government has asked private hospitals to buy more beds and to increase the size of their staff. Private hospitals have been asked not to charge more than Rs 600 for the test, and have been warned that they could lose their licences for turning patients away. State-run hospitals have been ordered to increase their beds by a 1,000 by Sunday.

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