Guwahati, Aug. 28: The shadow of dengue is looming large over Kamrup (metro) — made apparent by the death here of a man today and of a 55-year-old woman yesterday of suspected dengue.
Kamrup (metro) joint director of health services Sailen Choudhury said the woman, Lani Dewan, was a resident of Zoo Road Tiniali. He said the IVD (in-vitro diagnosis) test conducted at the Down Town Hospital had indicated that the woman died of dengue but added that they were waiting for the report of NS1 (non-structural protein 1) antigen test to officially confirm dengue.
Choudhury said so far 18 dengue cases have been reported in the district.
Another person, also suspected to be suffering from dengue, died on the way to hospital today.
Kandarpa Deka, also a resident of Zoo Road Tiniali, was declared brought dead by doctors after he was rushed to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital this afternoon following high fever.
GMCH superintendent Ramen Talukdar said as Deka was brought dead to the hospital, they couldn’t be sure if it was a dengue death. He said five patients had been admitted to GMCH with suspected dengue in the last two days.
Deka’s body was taken to his village in Nalbari district for cremation this evening.
A source in the health department said a majority of the patients had acquired the infection outside the state.
Dengue cases were reported here from Noonmati, Narengi, Zoo Road Tinali, Odalbalkra and Maligaon.
The Assam unit of BJP Mahila Morcha today condemned former MP Kirip Chaliha for making derogatory remarks against Jorhat SP Sanjukta Parashar.
Chaliha had recently commented on a private TV channel that the “unusual proximity” of Parashar with chief minister Tarun Gogoi was a cause for concern.
The Morcha’s state unit president, Basanti Kalita Duarah, told reporters today that it was unbecoming of a political leader of Chaliha’s stature to pass such a remark against a dedicated and honest police officer.