Dengue-panic flares up after more fever deaths

LF to hit streets against municipality
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
30 Oct 2017

Two more fever-deaths in Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH) on Sunday flared up dengue panic in the district despite assurances from health officials. Although doctors cited different reasons for those two deaths, families of the deceased claimed that they died of dengue. Meanwhile Left Front (LF) has called for a demonstration on Monday alleging indifference and failure of Trinamool Congress run civic body in English Bazaar.
It has been learnt from MMCH sources that 14-year old Biplab Paul of Prabal Pally area under English Bazaar municipality died. He was admitted to hospital with high fever. Sanjib Kundu, a relative of the minor boy, a student of class IX claimed that Pal was suspected to have dengue. However, the doctors cited a different reason for the death.
Kayesh Ali, a civic volunteer from Sovanagar village in English Bazaar block died in MMCH on Sunday morning. He was suffering from high fever too. Family members of Ali said that he was diagnosed with dengue on Oct 28 when his blood sample was tested at a private pathology centre following advice of a medical officer of Milky health centre. However, his death certificate shows that Ali died of sepsis with bleeding.
“The civic body chairman has just cannot wash his hands off by asking people to maintain cleanliness to get rid of dengue. It is not only an inhuman approach but the deaths also bare the fact that the civic body and district administration have completely failed to tackle the emergency,” said Ambar Mitra, district LF convener.
Nihar Ghosh, head of civic body and MLA, English Bazaar said, “It is not the time for politics. Instead of indulging in blame-game the political parties should strengthen the hands of the state government in rendering health services to people suffering from fever.”