Firozabad: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader on Sunday claimed that more than 40 children died due to dengue in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad district over the past week. The BJP MLA, Manish Asija, blamed the UP health department and the local civic body for the “tragedy”. However, Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh termed Asija’s claims “wrong” and said no such reports have been received.Also Read - Malaria, Dengue, And Covid-19: How to Avoid Coinfection? Symptoms, Causes And More | Check Details
“More than 40 children have died in Firozabad due to dengue since August 22-23. This morning, I received the sad news of (the death of) six children,” Asija said. Also Read - Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Delhi Defeats Dengue For 2nd Year Running; CM Thanks Citizens
“Most of these children were in the 4-15 age group,” he claimed.
In a video, the MLA is heard blaming the municipal corporation for not acting in time to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
“Wherever dengue made children its prey, their houses were surrounded by garbage and there was waterlogging… mosquitoes could breed anywhere,” he said.
“I want to say this in front of the camera with full responsibility that under the leadership of Yogi ji, 50 vehicles were given to the municipal corporation for cleanliness work,” he said.
The vehicles came in April but they remained stationed in one place for four months before they were used for the first time on Saturday, he claimed.
“The municipal corporation and the health department are to be blamed for this tragedy,” Asija said.
“The situation is very bad and I am feeling very sad,” he added.
When contacted by PTI, Health Minister Singh dismissed Asija”s claims about the deaths of children due to dengue.
“The news is wrong and there is no such report,” he said.
Meanwhile, one more person succumbed to fever in Mathura”s Koh village, taking the total number of deaths to nine, according to village head Harendra.
Munni Devi, 65, succumbed to fever in the district hospital. With this, nine people, including eight children, have died in the past 10 days in the village, he said.
Dr. Parul Mittal, medical superintendent, Community Health Centre, Farah confirmed the death. However, she said the cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.
Six people from the village have also been hospitalised, the medical superintendent said.
(With inputs from PTI)