Dengue: PIL In Calcutta HC Seeks Compensation

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Kolkata: Anindya Sundar Das a Kolkata-based advocate has filed an PIL ( Public Interest Litigation) at Calcutta High Court on Thursday, appealing for the creation of a medical commission and compensation to the families of those had died of dengue.

There is a lot of confusion regarding the number of dengue cases and deaths in the state.The purpose of the commission would be to ascertain the exact number of dengue cases and related deaths in West Bengal. The petition comes at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been claiming that as compared to other states’ figures, the number of dengue cases and deaths are “low”, and adequate measures are being undertaken.

The state BJP’s health cell too staged a protest at the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital. However, the BJP, CPM and Congress recently hit the streets protesting the government’s stand.

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Opposition party leaders have alleged that the government is hiding figures and downplaying the menace, even as media reports highlight dengue deaths everyday. Left parties on Thursday demonstrated at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

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.