JAIPUR: A 40-year-old head constable of Pragpura police station on the outskirts of Jaipur, who was undergoing treatment for fever at a private hospital, died on Wednesday. Officials termed it a suspected case of dengue death. At least 13 other policemen of the same station are on leave following prolonged fever for more than a week.
The deceased, Rajendra Kumar Meena (40) was admitted to a private hospital on September 20 after his blood platelets count dropped drastically. He had symptoms of dengue and typhus and his blood samples were taken to confirm the disease.
"In the wee hours of Wednesday, he was shifted from one hospital to another after his condition turned critical. At 2.30 am, he was declared dead," said Hemraj Gujjar, circle inspector, Pragapura police station.
He was a resident of a hamlet in Shahpura village on the Jaipur-Delhi highway.
However, the authorities of the medical and health department said that the type of fever is yet to be ascertained.
"His blood platelets dropped drastically during treatment. It appears to be a case of dengue but I can confirm only after seeing the blood report and death certificate," said OP Thankan, chief medical and health officer, Jaipur -1 on Wednesday.
"We have a strength of 40 constables out of which 13 are admitted to various hospitals in the city. There are several fever cases in Shahpura, Pragpura and Kothputli areas," said the circle inspector.
Superintendent of police (Jaipur rural) Ashok Naruka also confirmed that 13 policemen of Pragpura police station are suffering from mysterious viral fever.