Malda panicked with dengue, thousands affected

Health officials, civic body unfazed
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
5 Oct 2017

Dengue has taken a fierce turn in the districts leaving thousands of citizens affected while the others are quite panicked. Although the district health officials are officially trying to mitigate the number of dengue affected patients, doctors privately conceded that situation is alarming. However, no death caused by dengue in the district has been reported so far.
Common people are now so panicked that even those suffering from common fever are queuing up at private pathology centres to get their blood samples tested every day. It is learnt from sources that two large pathology centres in English Bazaar are getting 200 to 300 patients per day who are keen to know their dengue status.
“We believe that nearly 2000 patients are getting tested every day for dengue in private pathology centres across the district,” said a private medical practitioner.
“At least 10 to 15 per cent of the patients coming with fever to test dengue are showing affirmative results,” he added.
In some families two to four members are simultaneously suffering from dengue. Debarati Choudhury, 43, her daughter Arkapriya Choudhury, 12 and two other members of her family were declared dengue positive when tested in a private pathology centes in English Bazaar.
Trinamool Congress councilor of English Bazaar municipality (EBM) Ashok Saha said that his wife and daughter had to be admitted to a private nursing home as they were found suffering from dengue.
A senior official of district administration on condition of anonymity said, “I have been suffering from fever for last few days. I have come to Kolkata to get dengue tested in a reputed pathology centre here.”
Situation has worsened as people suffering from common fever are trying to find berths in either nursing homes or Malda medical college & hospital (MMCH) apprehending that their health would deteriorate anytime.
Dr Amit Dawn, medical super cum vice principal (MSVP) of MMCH said, “It is true people suffering from fever are getting panicked. Usually platelet count in a otherwise healthy person’s blood should be between 250000 to 300000. Even if the count is reduced up to 50000, there’s nothing to worry. We have complete arrangements to transfuse platelets. So, there’s nothing to worry.”
Dr Dawn, however, believes that civic bodies and rural bodies should expedite cleanliness campaign as a measure to prevent dengue.
Dr SS Siraz, chief medical officer of health (CMOH) conceded that large number of people in the district was suffering from fever. But he refused to admit that dengue had taken an alarming turn.
“So far a little more than 200 patients have been detected suffering from dengue. But few thousands are suffering from fever. District health administrations are adopting suitable measures to combat the situation,” Dr Siraz said. He informed that a meeting would be held in all rural hospitals on October 14.
Nihar Ghosh, EBM chairman and MLA, English Bazaar said, “We are doing all that could be done by us. We would start fogging again from October 7 extensively.”