WITH THE death of another person, the toll due to dengue in the state rose to 23 on Tuesday.
A resident of Kasaribagan in Barrackpore’s Agarpara, Sunita Das — in her early 30s — was admitted to Sagar Dutta Hospital at Kamarhati six days ago with fever. As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to a private nursing home where she died on Sunday morning.
Director of Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy, however, claimed the toll was still 22. “It is yet to be confirmed that Das died from dengue,” he said.
Meanwhile, 406 new cases were reported from different districts in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of persons infected by the vector-borne disease to 4,929 since January, Satpathy said. Sources said most cases in the state so far have been reported from Hooghly district’s Serampore and North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah and Nadia districts.
“Since February, the situation is being monitored… All possible steps have been taken by the state to contain the disease. We have opened 33 testing centres…,” said Satpathy.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), meanwhile, has cancelled leaves of its health officials. Health camps have been set up in the 16 boroughs. “In Kolkata, between January 1 to August 20, 344 cases of dengue have been reported,” said Councillor Atin Ghosh.
Private hospitals have also been asked to keep the state health department updated on the number of patients they are receiving. “It was a difficult situation a month ago but it is now under control. We hope the number of cases go down. We are in touch with the health department on almost a day-to-day basis. It has been more virulent this year. Previously, the virus serotypes had been Den 1 and 2. Now, it is stronger — Den 3 and 4,” said Dr Rupali Basu, president of Association of Hospitals in Eastern India and Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals CEO.
Officials, however, said that more public awareness was required to tackle the menace. Dr G K Pandey, Director of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, said: “Water is accumulated in almost all households, which are potentially breeding grounds for larvae. A drive against dengue should be implemented along with the Swachh Bharat project and heavy fines should be imposed on households that flout cleanliness norms.”