Chennai, October 10: Tamil Nadu is grappling with increasing number of cases of Dengue fever. At least 11 people lost their lives to the deadly disease in the state. An 11-month baby, Shija lost her life in a private hospital in Salem. Shija, hailing from the Namakkal district, was admitted to Sri Gokulam Hospital.

Various news reports suggested seven people lost their lives across Tamil Nadu. Other victims hailed from Tirupur, Puducherry,  Krishnagiri and Nagapattinam districts. [Also read: Fever Outbreak in Siliguri; 250 People Admitted in Hospital]

Dr. Kolandaisamy, Director of Public Health was quoted by The News Minute as saying, “We cannot say anything based on reports by news channels, there are various reasons for fever. We cannot make a comment regarding that. The situation is coming under control, government and people are together carrying out cleaning up process. In one hand, we are carrying out cleaning and on the other, providing treatment, only this can reduce dengue cases.”

However, National Vector Control Programme had alleged the Tamil Nadu government did not take any initiative to prevent the spread of disease. Responding to the allegations, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said, “National Vector Control Programme is carried out by both the State and Central government, they are already providing us Rs. 14 crores as funds. But the main concern right now is to eradicate mosquito breeding. I need to clarify about this statement.”

He emphasised,  11000 dengue positive cases were detected and 20,000 residents and organisations were issued notices too. He admitted  35 people died due to dengue and 85 people have died due to fever this year.