40 dengue deaths: There’s no rea­son to panic, says Ma­mata

Accuses pri­vate hos­pi­tals of car­ry­ing out ‘ir­rel­e­vant’ tests

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS -

: West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee on Mon­day sought to down­play in­ci­dents of dengue deaths in the State, claim­ing there had been just 40odd fa­tal­i­ties. And 27 of th­ese re­ported dengue deaths were con­testable, she added.

She con­tin­ued to train her guns on pri­vate hos­pi­tals and di­ag­nos­tic laboratories, al­leg­ing that they are “cre­at­ing panic” and car­ry­ing out “ir­rel­e­vant” blood tests in or­der to rake in prof­its. Urg­ing them to be “hu­mane”, she said: “We have al­ready taken ac­tion against three di­ag­nos­tic labs for car­ry­ing out un­re­quired tests and there. More will to fol­low.”

Re­ports said nearly 21,000 peo­ple in the State are suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease. And, pri­vate hos­pi­tals and di­ag­nos­tic laboratories con­tinue to re­ceive pa­tients. Ac­cord­ing to Ma­mata, of the 40 re­ported deaths, 13 have been con­firmed by gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

“There are 27 more re­ported deaths from pri­vate hos­pi­tals, which we are look­ing into. How­ever, we will cross-check facts and only then say whether the cause of th­ese deaths was dengue or not,” she said at a press con­fer­ence.

The deaths in Ben­gal are much lower than in other States like Gu­jarat, Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ut­tar Pradesh, Ker­ala or even As­sam, she said. “We are larger in size than most States like Gu­jarat or As­sam. But even then dengue deaths here are much fewer. There is no rea­son to panic,” she added. .

The State gov­ern­ment has asked civic bod­ies and pan­chay­ats to take pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion, she fur­ther said.

ZY MA­MATA BAN­ER­JEE West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter YZ

“We are larger in size than most States like Gu­jarat and As­sam. But even then dengue deaths here are much fewer.”

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