Officials of the Bidhannagar Municipality feel there’s no need to panic over a dengue outbreak in the township because “only 197” people have been affected.
“Only 197 people out of a total population of 2.14 lakh are suffering from dengue. That is not even 0.09 per cent. Hence, there is no need to panic,” said Moloy Mukherjee, the municipality’s executive officer, on Tuesday.
According to municipality officials, the figure was obtained based on data culled from various hospitals in the township.
According to sources in the health care sector, however, “hundreds” of Salt Lake residents are down with dengue and unknown fever. Many private hospitals in the township are running full capacity.
The state health department, on its official website, claimed that 127 persons had tested positive in the MAC-ELISA test in North 24-Parganas, including Salt Lake, while nearly 400 tested positive in the NS1 rapid antigen test.
A 29-year-old homemaker from EC Block, Purnima Parasramka, had died of dengue at Belle Vue Clinic on August 26. She had suffered cardiac arrest following uncontrolled vomiting.
Belle Vue authorities said Purnima had tested positive for the confirmatory MAC-ELISA test and they had sent the report to the health department the next day. The health department, however, did not acknowledge that the death was because of dengue.
The civic authorities claimed on Tuesday that there was no dengue death in the township. “There has been no dengue-related death in the township this year,” said Krishna Chakraborty, the chairperson of Bidhannagar Municipality.
Sources said some of the worst-affected blocks were EB, FD, AK, CJ, GD, ED, DJ, BF and AC and Dattabad in the added areas.
Mukherjee said medical officers of the civic body, who visited 7,600 houses in Salt Lake so far, found 1,704 households where water was stored without a cover. Mosquito larvae were found breeding in 225 of those spots.
“We will send notices to all the houses and if the stored water is not removed within seven days, they will be fined Rs 1,000 each,” Mukherjee said.