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PM's grandsons hit by dengue

Oct 04, 2006 04:57 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two grandsons - Madhav and Rohan - were on Wednesday diagnosed with dengue fever at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), doctors said.

The Prime Minister's son-in-law, who is also suspected of being of affected with dengue, has been admitted at the AIIMS. The result of his medical report is awaited.

Eleven-year-old Rohan and seventeen-year-old Madhav were admitted to a private ward of AIIMS with high fever and other symptoms of the disease. Rohan was admitted last evening.

Doctors confirmed that both had contracted the viral disease caused by Aedes mosquito which breeds in unhygienic conditions.

Rohan and Madhav live at the Prime Minister's official 7 Race Course Residence in New Delhi. Doctors said their condition was stable.

New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has brought in suction pumps to extract all the extra water from the premises. Fumigation machines have also been brought in to disinfect the area.

Meanwhile, dengue claimed one more victim in AIIMS on Wednesday. A 12-year-old girl from Meerut died on Wednesday morning.

Three students from AIIMS were among the 29 admitted with the disease on Wednesday morning. The hospital has set up a special ward to deal with dengue cases.

A blood donation camp is also on and contributions are being encouraged. There's been a shortage of blood platelets at the hospital to treat the disease.

Although the number of dengue cases have been on the rise, Health Minster Anbumani Ramodoss has praised MCD for its efforts to control the outbreak.

"Since the MCD and the NDMC have done well, the cases have been limited. Otherwise we would have expected more cases at this point in time. The problem is that we need more awareness, that is what we are trying to do," Ramadoss said.

(Withe UNI inputs)