Jaundice haunts Shimla as another victim dies

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Shimla: Jaundice continues to take its toll in the city, especially among the most vulnerable section who are expectant mothers as another young lady died here early today (18.2.2016)

At a function held to mark completion of 3 years of current government chief minister Virbhadra Singh had held that death by jaundice was being overplayed by the media, and the medical authorities also at first attempted to evade media queries but confronted with information, later acknowledged that Supriya, a 25 year old lady, was the latest victim to have died of jaundice.

Medical superintendent at state hospital IGMC, Ramesh Chand confirmed that Supriya had died of Jaundice.

Supriya, wife of a lawyer, was admitted for delivery at Kamla Nehru Hospital where a baby was delivered safely by Caesarean section but she had to be shifted to IGMC on February 15 because of the medical complications that she was facing due of Jaundice infection. She died early today.

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The funeral was held at Sanjauli crematorium where High Court judges Justice Rajiv Sharma, Justice Tarlok Chauhan and Advocate General Sharavan Dogra were seen attending the last rites of the victim.

Thousand of people in the city have been infected with jaundice because of sewage contaminated water having been supplied by the Shimla municipal corporation to its residents.

The corporation has laid the blame on the government’s irrigation and public health authorities for supply of the contaminated water.

Though the government is in denial mode and has officially only recorded 3 deaths by jaundice, but unofficially 8 people are reported to have died, which include a pregnant lady at PGI and city businessman who was also a former treasurer of BJP party.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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