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Audit into suspected dengue death under way

Audit into the death of a 35-year-old man from Quthbullapur in Medhcal is still under way.

On Tuesday, a corporate hospital issued his death certificate stating that he died due to ‘dengue hemorrhagic fever with shock and severe metabolic acidosis’.

The Health Department staff found that his platelets count dropped to 13,000 before he died.

Medchal District Medical and Health Officer N. Narayana Rao said they were yet to collect the case sheet of the person from the hospital. There after, they would be able to conclude if it is a dengue death.

This year, not even one death due to dengue has been registered in the official records. “Around 22 suspected dengue deaths have come to the notice of the State Health Department,” an official said.

A committee conducts death audit to know if dengue is the cause for death. Its members go through hospital case sheets to know the tests that are conducted to confirm dengue, if a patient had any co-morbid conditions, the treatment provided and other details.

In Hyderabad, the officials conducted audit into the death of a class VIII student who reportedly died of dengue. They found that though dengue was confirmed, there was delay in providing him treatment.

Besides this case, they are yet to conduct an audit into two suspected dengue deaths in Secunderabad Cantonment Board limits, one in Himayatnagar and one in Ashok Nagar.

Source: thehindu.com

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