West Bengal: Dengue claims 6 death, Mamta Banerjee calls emergency meeting


At least 6 death has been claimed in the state in the last five days, having infected 838 people in West Bengal since January.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday went into damage control mode to check the spread of the disease.

In a meeting, it was decided that the health and urban development departments, along with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and police, would initiate a drive to prevent stagnation of water, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“The team will visit offices, schools, hospitals to ensure there is no stagnation of water,” Mamata told media-persons after the meeting.

Health department officials said the first dengue death was reported in June end and so far six people have died.

“So far in our state we had witnessed strain one and three of dengue virus, but since last year we are seeing a shift to strain two and four. Mortality is higher in these two strains as it quickly leads to multiple organ failure,” state Director of Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy said.

State hospitals have been alerted to check the spread of the disease and blood banks have been instructed to function round the clock.

The chief minister said there was also an increase in the number of people infected with Dengue coming to the state.

Dengue detection camps organised by KMC, which were supposed to start on Tuesday, were delayed by a day owing to rains.

Officials of KMC’s health department ensured the camps would start on Wednesday.

Wefornews Bureau

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