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One more dies of meningitis

Staff Reporter

17 new cases have been reported from Delhi

NEW DELHI: Even as the State health authorities gave an assurance that they were coming to grips with the virulent strain of meningitis in Delhi, the toll on Friday rose by one with the death of 19-ninteen-year-old Meenakshi from Karol Bagh at Lohia Hospital here.

"The patient was brought to the hospital in a critical condition and died within three years of being admitted,' said hospital authorities.

Meanwhile, 207 patients were discharged from various city hospitals and at present have 215 admitted patients. Also, 17 new cases have been reported from the city, taking their total number to 278 patients.

Speaking about the number of cases coming in from various parts of the city and warning against the indiscriminate use of vaccines and not going to a registered doctor, the Director (Hospital Administration), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), J. N. Banavaliker, said: "Cases continue to come in from the Walled City, Paharganj, Civil Lines, Shahdra North and other areas, but there is undue pressure on the common man to opt for vaccines, which we strongly recommend against. We want to reiterate that while precaution is essential, vaccination is not for everyone and the children don't need it just because there is a buzz about the same. Vaccines are available and should be used by those at risk. The number of cases coming in are decreasing and we are hopeful that it will come down further soon.''

"Patients with the symptoms need to understand that they should head to a registered qualified doctor and not go to a `quack' for treatment which is why we are loosing so many cases because they don't recognise the symptoms and wait till there is nothing that can be done,'' he added.

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