Kolkata: At least two people, suffering from dengue, died on Saturday, while three more deaths due to the vector-borne disease were reported on Friday.
As per sources, there are about 15 detection centres in Kolkata but despite that doctors are getting restless over the long queues.The most crowded detection centres are at Rafi Kidwai Road, Chetla, Parnashree, Behala and Hatibagan.
At Beliaghata ID hospital, on an average 2,000 people have been visiting daily at the OPD and emergency departments for the past few weeks for blood test. Currently, more than 120 people suffering from dengue are admitted to the hospital, they added.
Officials said dengue has four varieties — Type 1, 2, 3, 4 and type 2 is fatal. In Kolkata, most of the dengue cases are type 2. Hence, the fatality rate is higher, despite number of people suffering from the disease being less.
Over 20,000 people have tested positive for the vector-borne disease so far since January, as per government statistics. Dengue cases are most common in areas having construction sites as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, which can be found near construction sites. “So far, we have found larvae mostly where high-rise buildings are being constructed.
Under KMC areas, 662 dengue cases have been diagnosed out of which more than 200 cases have been reported from EM Bypass and Jadavpur,” said T K Mukherjee, advisor to the department of health in KMC.
“People are panicking to an extent that even with normal fever they come for dengue test and stand in the queue for several hours. We have been working round-the-clock,” said one of the doctors. Doctors said that not everyone suffering from fever needs to panic.
“There is fear all around. No one wants to take risk and as soon as they are feeling feverish, they are rushing for dengue test. Dengue comes with very high fever along with severe body pain. The symptoms are different from normal viral fever,” said a doctor.
However, Calcutta high court’s acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee, on Friday, directed the state government to file a detailed report on prevalence of dengue in the state by next Friday.
On October 30, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had told mediapersons that till that date, forty cases of dengue deaths had been reported, of which 13 were “confirmed” and reported by state-run hospitals, whereas the 27 “unconfirmed” cases were reported by private hospitals.