Fever claims child, woman

Dengue Dread

By Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta
  • Published 30.10.17
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Calcutta: Two persons, including an eight-year-old girl, who had tested positive for dengue died in the city on Sunday.

Bipasha Shaw, a Class III student from the Daktarbagan area under Baranagar Municipality, had been suffering from fever for the past seven days. Family members said she had tested positive in the NS-1 test for dengue.

"The child was admitted to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital two days ago after she tested positive," mother Pinky Shaw said. "She could not be saved. The hospital refused to mention 'dengue' in the death certificate."

It could not be confirmed with the hospital whether Bipasha had dengue.

Aparna Maulik, the chairperson of Baranagar Municipality, denied that the child had died of dengue.

The other victim, a 40-year-old woman from Natun Palli near Lake Town, died in a Salt Lake nursing home on Sunday evening. Anu Das had tested positive in the NS-1 test, husband Uma Das said.

The woman was being treated at home but the family decided to take her to a Lake Town nursing home on Sunday morning after her platelet count dropped from 65,000 to 42,000 in a day. In the evening, Anu was shifted to a Salt Lake nursing home, where she died.

This was the second suspected dengue death in the area under South Dum Dum Municipality in a week.

Baranagar residents alleged the civic body had not taken any measure to prevent a dengue outbreak. The authorities denied the allegation.

Alert

The Bidhannagar Muncipal Corporation has declared three wards - comprising areas in Duttabad, Mahishbathan and Sukantanagar - as dengue prone. Special teams will be deployed in these areas.