At least two people, suffering from dengue, died on Saturday, while three more deaths due to the vector-borne disease were reported on Friday. Biswajit Deb (41) of Belgharia and Soma Das (35) of Kestopur died on Saturday while Mita Choudhury (54) of Behala, Shakila Ghazil (55) of Bantala and Gautam Mitra (62) of South 24 Parganas died on Friday. “So far, 38 people have died. The recent deaths are yet to be verified. We have sought documents,” Director of Health Services B R Satpathi told The Sunday Express.
Officials said dengue has four varieties — Type 1, 2, 3, 4 and type 2 is fatal. In Kolkata, most of the dengue cases are type 2. Hence, the fatality rate is higher, despite number of people suffering from the disease being less. Over 20,000 people have tested positive for the vector-borne disease so far since January, as per government statistics. “Since January 20,600 people have been detected with dengue. Last year, 21,600 people were suffering from dengue around this time. While this year 38 people have died due to the disease, last year 42 people had lost lives during this period. The situation is being monitored every minute and it is currently under control and people must not panic,” Satpathi added.
Dengue cases are most common in areas having construction sites as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, which can be found near construction sites. “So far, we have found larvae mostly where high-rise buildings are being constructed. Under KMC areas, 662 dengue cases have been diagnosed out of which more than 200 cases have been reported from EM Bypass and Jadavpur,” said T K Mukherjee, advisor to the department of health in KMC.
As per sources, there are about 15 detection centres in Kolkata but despite that doctors are getting restless over the long queues.The most crowded detection centres are at Rafi Kidwai Road, Chetla, Parnashree, Behala and Hatibagan. At Beliaghata ID hospital, on an average 2,000 people have been visiting daily at the OPD and emergency departments for the past few weeks for blood test. Currently, more than 120 people suffering from dengue are admitted to the hospital, they added.
“People are panicking to an extent that even with normal fever they come for dengue test and stand in the queue for several hours. We have been working round-the-clock,” said one of the doctors. Doctors said that not everyone suffering from fever needs to panic. “There is fear all around. No one wants to take risk and as soon as they are feeling feverish, they are rushing for dengue test. Dengue comes with very high fever along with severe body pain. The symptoms are different from normal viral fever,” said a doctor.
The government on Thursday had ordered schools affiliated to the state board to ensure that no vector-borne diseases like dengue or malaria spread from the campus. This is part of the 18 prescribed government rules, flouting any one of which will make the schools liable for legal action. Their no-objection certificate (NOC) may be taken back if the norms are not followed, as per the rules.