Dengue outbreak in West Bengal: Governor writes to Mamata Banerjee, says ensure treatment of those affected

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier accused private diagnostic laboratories and hospital of unnecessarily spreading panic about dengue. She had said 40 persons had died of vector-borne diseases, out of which 13 had died of dengue.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:November 4, 2017 8:59 am
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury at a rally against dengue menace, in Kolkata on Friday. Subham Dutta

Expressing concern over the outbreak of dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the state, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday wrote a letter to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government. The governor asked the government to ensure treatment of those affected with the diseases.

A statement issued by Raj Bhavan said, “Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has received information about incidents of dengue, chikungunya, malaria and Scub Taefus diseases in the state from newspaper reports and other sources and he is concerned about health of the people. Governor Tripathi has written a letter to the state government to the effect that, in view of the serious nature of all these diseases and the concern expressed by a large number of the population in this regard, all efforts should be made for treatment as well as prevention of these diseases”.

Meanwhile, one more death allegedly due to dengue was reported on Friday at Beliaghata ID hospital in Kolkata. A 38-year-old Bangladeshi woman, Lakhi Ghosh, died, but doctors avoided writing dengue on her death certificate and mentioned viral fever as the cause. Sources said Ghosh had been diagnosed with dengue. She was admitted to the hospital on Friday and was suffering from high fever for the last five days, they added. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier accused private diagnostic laboratories and hospital of unnecessarily spreading panic about dengue. She had said 40 persons had died of vector-borne diseases, out of which 13 had died of dengue.

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