Kolkata: In a gap of exactly six days, one more child had died of dengue in a Salt Lake locality where a schoolboy had died last week.
The deaths in a short span of time have left the people of the areas both frightened and angry at the same time. They today took to demonstration and the local Trinamool councillor got a taste of the public anger.
This time, the victim is nine-year-old Akash Choudhury, who was a student of class III at Bagmari Maniktala Govt HS School. The boy was a resident of Duttabad at Salt Lake, which comes under Ward No 39 of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation.
His family said that Akash was suffering from fever for the last three days and the family admitted him to NRS Medical College and Hospital in Sealdah. The boy breathed his last today noon. His death certificate mentions “multi-organ failure due to NS1 fever positive” as the cause of death.
In the same Duttabad locality, a class-IV student named Narayan Shrestha (10) died of dengue on 31 August. He was the only child of his parents.
As soon the death of a second boy from the locality spread, people of the area resorted to a demonstration at Duttabad against inaction by Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation as regards cleaning the drainage and undertaking dengue prevention measures.
To pacify the anger of the bereaved family and neighbours, Rajesh Chirimar, the Ward No 3 Trinamool councillor and member of mayor-in-council, rushed to NRS Medical College. But there, he faced agitated verbal missiles from the family and neighbours and had to leave in a hurry.
Chirimar later told reporters that the civic body has already spread disinfectants at Duttabad to curb the growth of mosquitos and steps were afoot to clear stagnant water.