Dengue: Mamata pays surprise visit to hospital

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 08, 2012 10:32 hrs

Kolkata, Sept 8 (IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday paid a surpise visit to a government hospital to take stock of the dengue situation in the state.

Mamata visited state-run Ramrik Das Haralalka Hospital in Bhawanipur around 12.15pm.

She scrutinized the hospital premises and interacted with doctors for about 30 minutes.

Mamata was accompanied by state urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim, transport minister Madan Mitra, health secretary Sanjay Mitra and health director Biswaranjan Satpathy.

She said there are proposals to rebuild the almost crumbling four-storeyed hospital building.

Mamata on Tuesday said the dengue situation in the state is ´not worrisome´ as being projected by the media.

"There is a disinformation campaign going on. The situation is not at all worrisome. Don´t spread false panic," Mamata told reporters at state secretariat Writers´ Building on Tuesday.

"So far only three people have died of dengue in the state; 638 are affected," she said.

However, she failed to come up with the number of cases reported in private hospitals.

"Media is exaggerating the number of affected people and the dead. Also some doctors, without confirming, are calling any fever dengue and charging fees," she said.

"However, I don´t have anything against the doctors. But private hospitals should be more humane and treat patients not for money," the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Mamata even compared the Left Front government regime with her government and said: "In 2005 during the Left Front rule, 34 people died of dengue and 6273 were affected. This year the toll is only 3."

The dengue death toll in the east Indian city have touched 20 so far, officials said.

As many as 2774 people have been affected by the disease since August 21, an official said.

According to reports, government and private hospitals in the city are flooding with patients suffering from dengue.

Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.

Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.

In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.

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