On a day Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan put the death toll in West Bengal due to encephalitis at 208, the state government Monday suspended North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) principal Anup Kumar Roy for alleged dereliction of duty.
Confirming Roy’s suspension, state health services director Biswaranjan Satpathy said Samir Ghosh Roy, principal of National Medical College, Kolkata, will take charge of the NBMCH.
This is the fourth suspension sine the killer disease’s breakout in North Bengal. Earlier, three health officials were suspended. They include medical health officers of Siliguri and Jalpaiguri and vice-principal of NBMCH.
Meanwhile, during the day, four deaths due to different types of encephalitis were reported from parts of the state in the last 24 hours taking the toll in the state since January to 208. “In the last 24 hours, four deaths have been reported. Among them, two were from north Bengal and two from Murshidabad and another from Bishnupur,” Satpathy said.
In north Bengal, one person from Cooch Behar district died at Siliguri District Hospital while another, from Dakshin Dinajpur district, died at Balurghat Hospital due to Acute Encephalitis (AES), Satpathy said. The other two persons who died due to the disease were from Murshidabad and Bishnupur, he added. With PTI inputs
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