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Mamata slams doctors for fuelling dengue scare

Kolkata: Amid a scare over dengue outbreak, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out against a section of doctors for allegedly mentioning dengue in death certificates even in cases of heart attacks or strokes.

“Some doctors are making no attempt at diagnosis. They are not conducting proper tests. And they are writing dengue in the death certificates, even when the deaths have been caused by cardiac failure or strokes,” she told reporters at the state secretariat.

Alleging that “some elements” were trying to create panic, she claimed the disease had struck all over India and the situation was far better in West Bengal.

She reeled off figures to buttress her point. Till August this year, 1,869 patients were down with the disease in Karnataka, 2,683 in Kerala and 4,675 in Tamil Nadu. While 39 people died in Tamil Nadu, the casualty was 17 in Karnataka and nine in Kerala.

“In contrast, 638 people were afflicted with dengue in West Bengal, which recorded three deaths,” she said.

However, unofficial sources have put the dengue toll at 21 in West Bengal.

Banerjee said the non-structural protein-1 (NS-1) tests did not conclusively prove existence of dengue. “If this test result is positive, that does not mean dengue…we have now decided to go for the more advanced NS-1 Elisa tests for determining dengue.”

“Within two days we will get the kits. Then we would determine dengue within two days,” she said.

Banerjee said she paid a surprise visit to the state-owned Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital in the morning and was told that three-four people had reported with fever since the start of the out-patient department (OPD) hours.

The new dengue detection kits would be used from Wednesday, she said.

Responding to the opposition charge that the situation was spinning out of control, the chief minister said in 2005 during the Left Front regime 6,273 people got afflicted with dengue, of whom 34 died.

The chief minister also attacked nursing homes and private hospitals saying “some of them” were doing good business by encashing on the people’s fears about dengue.

“The nursing homes and private hospitals are not in my control. I can only make an appeal to them that they should take a humane approach in treating the patients going to them with fever. The tests should be done quickly and they should ascertain the economic condition of the patients before billing,” she said. [Source: IANS]

2 Comments

  1. Saikumar G Saikumar G Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Majority of those doctors who are not attempting to diagnose or not writting proper tests must be friends or relatives of politicians in West Bengal.The was no law and order and only CPIM. The party had invaded health sector at all levels and doctors supporting their party were free to do anything and no body was dare enough to question them.Poor patient does not know what doctor is doing is right or not. Now new generation of doctors who are either directly in politics or their close relatives are in politics are entering health sector.They are getting specialitiy and superspeciality degrees from outside private medical colleges(Most of them without proper training facilities or medical teachers). Except for having big buildings as hospitals,they are not expected to have good knowledge about what they are doing. Finally pigs, mosquitoes,flies and rats are the sources of many viral,parasitic diseases and state government has to take action to control them. Doctors were not trained to control rats or mosquitoes. Blaming them for rise in viral diseases is nothing but an act of political escapism.

  2. Prof. Manoj Sharma Prof. Manoj Sharma Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    North Bihar is a hop away. We have to see how calamities take place in filthy Bihar and its medical colleges when Dengue spreads there.A state gripped by brain fevers of the sorts , Kalazar and what not .I wish I could attach press cuttings of MCI inspection of Darbhanga Medical college here. God forbid a fiasco between Mamta didi and Samta Chief Nitish Baboo starts on this….Exim Bank of Dengue.

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