3 More Die In Bengal As Dengue Crisis Spirals


Kolkata: Dengue claimed three more lives in Kolkata on Friday, adding to the fast-rising toll. While a 55-year-old woman, a resident of the Kolkata Leather Complex area in Bantala died at the Beliaghata ID Hopsital, a 54-year-old woman from Behala succumbed to the virus at CMRI Hospital. Late in the evening, another 62-year-old resident of South 24 Parganans died at MRI Hospital.

Mita Choudhury, 54, had been admitted to CMRI on October 21. She had high fever, body ache and a test had confirmed dengue. According to the hospital, her condition was very serious and she developed multiple complications. She was admitted to the ICU but could not be revived. Mita passed away early on Friday morning.

According to her husband Chayan Choudhury, a lawyer, Mita had a sudden bout of vomiting and severe stomach pain on October 21. It was accompanied by high fever. “We admitted her immediately and she was initially treated at the emergency section of CMRI. She was reasonably stable and had a healthy platelet count of 1,90,000,” he said.

Gautam Mitra, who also died at CMRI, was admitted to the hospital four days back with severe symptoms. He was shifted to the ICU after his condition deteriorated and he succumbed on Friday evening.

Shakila Ghazi, 55, died at the Beliaghata ID Hospital within three hours of admission on Friday morning. According to her family, the Bantala resident had been suffering from fever for the last four days. Shakila had been taken to the SSKM Hospital but was referred to the ID Hopsital since the former had no vacant bed. “My mother had high fever and we had taken her to two nursing homes in our neighbourhood. But both refused admission. We then rushed her to SSKM, but they too turned us away,” said Israil Ghazi, the victim’s son.