Mamata blames CPM-controlled Howrah for dengue,bats for KMC

In the same breath,she praised the “initiatives” taken by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation,which is ruled by her party Trinamool Congress,to “rein in” outbreak.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 8, 2012 2:36:06 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday blamed the CPM-controlled Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) for “failing to improve the dengue situation”,saying the civic body was not allowing the state government to intervene and it could lead the outbreak of the vector-borne disease to turn into an “epidemic”.

In the same breath,she praised the “initiatives” taken by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC),which is ruled by her party Trinamool Congress,to “rein in” outbreak. “The situation in Howrah Municipal Corporation,which is under the control of the CPM,is grave. The drains are overflowing. The drainage system is not maintained. The central team that visited the state has pointed out that HMC is collecting money from patients who are coming for dengue teat. This is not done,” said the Chief Minister.

“Why those,who are doing politics over dengue,are not working in Howrah? The HMC is neither working nor allowing us to work. But at the same time the politics over dengue is still on. We are ready to give people of Howrah safe drinking water. We want to clean the drains most of which are open. But the HMC is not listening to us,” she added.

The CM has asked Urban Development Minister Firad Hakim to visit Howrah and submit her a report.

Regarding Kolkata, Mamata said the situation has improved. “Of course,there were some negligence,initially. But I must thank KMC for what they have done to stop spread of dengue,” she said.

Central team report: NS-1 test fuelled panic

A three-member team of National Vector Borne Disease Control Disease Control Programme (NVBDCDC),who visited the city to take stock of the dengue situation in the state,submitted its report. The team has concluded that many false dengue positive cases were reported in the state as NS-1 test,which were conducted by medics,does not confirm dengue. “Wefound that people panicked after rapid test confirmed that they are suffering from dengue,” said Onkarnath Chatterjee,a member of NVBDCDC team. Taking a cue from it,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked people to go for Mac Elisa test. “Mac Elisa,not the NS-1 test,is the confirmatory test for dengue. This is not my opinion but the doctors say so,” she said.

File action taken report: HC to govt

Hearing on a PIL on the issue of outbreak of dengue in the state,the Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the state government to file an Action Taken Report within two weeks. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Jaynarayan Patel and Justice Jaymalya Bagchi wanted to know what steps were taken by the government to combat the outbreak of dengue. Moving the petition,advocate Subrata Mukhopadhyay alleged that the state health department and municipalities did not take adequate steps to check the out break of the disease. The PIL asked the court to direct the government to declare the situation as epidemic. The patient did not get adequate treatment in the hospitals and there was no coordination between government agencies.

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