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By A Newsman
Kolkata, 31 October: AMID rising number of dengue inflicted persons in the state, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital has run out of test kits necessary to diagnose dengue.
According to the hospital authorities, there is no NS1 and IgM kits available since Saturday and the state health department was yet to send fresh supplies despite two reminder emails sent till Monday.
This is despite that around 195 patients are admitted to Calcutta Medical College with fever and some 35 of them are betraying symptoms of dengue. But in order to be sure, they need to be tested using the kit.
The revelation came on a day when two more persons have died of dengue in North 24-Parganas district. Banghsidhar Hazra (77) of Kamarhati passed way early this morning at Sagar Dutta Medical College and Hospital. Ashika Parvin (6) of Bamunmura at Duttapukur died at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata late last night.
Commenting on this, CPI-M legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty told reporters this afternoon that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government was misleading people on the intensity of dengue inflictions in the state.
“The Chief Minister is busy suppressing the number of deaths due to dengue. She is contradicting health department officials and by doing so she is actually influencing people to be less alert about dengue,” Chakraborty said, adding that the Centre has so far sent highest number of dengue kits to Bengal.
“Despite this, if hospitals are running out of test kits, it tells how the state administration is responding to a calamity of this magnitude. Hence, our demand is that health being in the concurrent list, the Centre must also step in immediately,” he concluded.