2 Dies, Over 13,000 Diagnosed With Dengue In Bengal


Kolkata: Dengue claimed yet another life in Kolkata on Sunday. Suchitra Gupta, a 63 years old lady, succumbed to the deadly virus at Uttarpara State General Hospitals, on Sunday morning.

Abhinab Majumder, a 10-year-old Class V student of South Point School, succumbed to the deadly virus at AMRI Hos-pitals, Mukundapur on Saturday morning. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited Abhinab’s house on Saturday evening and expressed her condolences.

His dengue had been confirmed prior to his admission to hospital. But doctors felt his condition had turned very serious by then. “Along with a platelet drop, he developed multiple life-threatening complications very quickly. His organs stopped functioning one by one. His kidney, lungs and heart were severely affected.

Fresh figures of the dengue outbreak in West Bengal reveal that over 13,000 people have been affected by the vector-borne disease in the State in the year 2017. “From January 1 till today (October 15 ), 13,589 people have been diagnosed with Dengue. We have reports of 30 deaths,” State Director of Health Services, B.R.Satpathy, told The Hindu.

North 24 Paraganas district is the worst affected, Dr. Satpathy said. . Out of the 30 deaths, six were reported from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area and two from the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area.

Certain public and private hospitals of the city are facing a huge rush of patients with high fever fearing that they are infected by the dengue virus. According to Dr. Sathpathi 17,652 people were diagnosed with dengue in the same period while the number of deaths were 37.

On Thursday refuting reports claiming that the State administration was suppressing facts, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the government was keeping record of every death due to dengue in West Bengal.