A five-year-old girl died of dengue on a hospital bed in front of her parents after they ran from pillar to post for over three hours to get her admitted in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad. The tragic incident was witnessed by an NDTV team who was at the hospital in Firozabad which has seen a surge in dengue cases.
The girl, Sawanya Gupta, was reportedly brought to the hospital in Firozabad at 8 am but got admission only around noon. The girl was declared dead soon after she was admitted.
“My sister would have been safe had we been provided treatment on time. We told staff about her condition but still, they did not pay heed to our request,” the girl’s brother told NDTV.
The girl, the family members allege, was denied admission despite having a high body temperature.
“Doctors did not do anything. They want only money,” another relative alleged while sitting in the hearse van with the girl’s body.
The Yogi Adityanath government has been receiving criticism from the opposition over its handling of the dengue outbreak in the state.
Last week, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had claimed that many patients were dying due to lack of proper arrangements in government hospitals.
In a tweet in Hindi, Mayawati said, “In the midst of the corona pandemic in UP, the outbreak of dengue and other mysterious fever has engulfed almost the entire state at a very fast pace. Due to lack of proper arrangements in government hospitals, many patients are dying which is a matter of concern”.
Firozabad, which is about 300 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been battling an outbreak of dengue and deadly viral fever for the past two weeks, leaving over 60 people dead. More than 16 deaths have been reported in the district in the last 48 hours.
Some cases have been found in neighbouring Mathura, Agra and Mainpuri as well.