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Tripura suspends workers

Agartala, July 2: The Tripura government has taken action against officers and employees for dereliction of duty after 57 people died of malaria.

The deputy-director of health services in Gomati district, R.K. Saha, said the subdivisional medical officer of Amarpur, Dilip Kumar Roy, was suspended yesterday for “grave dereliction of duty” in taking measures to curb the spread of malaria.

Besides, three multipurpose health workers, Kapil Sadhan Jamtya of Ampi primary health centre, Dipak Debbarma of Tethuibari health sub-centre and Motilal Noatia of Chhechua of primary health centre have been put under suspension for dereliction of duty.

“While the SDMO did not adequately respond to the unfolding crisis at the initial stage, the three workers were not even present in their places of posting when the malaria broke out,” said Saha.

Apart from this, malaria continued to rage in the hilly interiors of the state. Yesterday, 1,405 people tested positive for malaria among 9,173 put through medical tests by technicians and doctors of the health department all over the state.

The director of health services, R.S. Debbarma, said, “We are doing everything possible to curb the disease, there is no dearth of medicine or other treatment aids.”

Debbarma said mud and slush on hilly roads caused by the monsoon was standing in the way of patients being taken to health sub-centres, primary health centres and rural hospitals.

“In the remote areas, people generally carry patients in bamboo-made carriers but rain and slush make life even more difficult.”

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