CM Mamata Banerjee rubbishes media reports on dengue situation, blames labs

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

Kolkata, Oct. 12 (IANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said as many as 24 people died due to dengue in the state in the last seven to eight months. She said this year, 72 in the state were affected by Chikungunya though no fatalities were reported.

She also accused some private laboratories of misguiding patients and creating panic among them. "But this is incorrect", Ms Banerjee said.

The government would take strict action against the laboratories which had issued wrong test reports, she said.

Speaking to reporters, the chief minister stressed that chief minister stressed that the health department and the municipal bodies, including KMC, would scale up their drive. "According to our records, there were only 24 deaths due to dengue in West Bengal since January". Health secretary Anil Verma said there's not much demand for blood platelets, which indicated that dengue was less lethal this season. "Only one died of dengue", she said.

However, there were six deaths in the city of causes which were yet to be verified, she added.

Chakraborty also urged the government to seek immediate help from central organisations and World Health Organisation (WHO) in finding a way to prevent and cure the disease, if they do not have the necessary infrastructure to do so themselves.

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