Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease is fast spreading across some wards in Durgapur Municipal Corporation area, leaving at least two dozen sick.
They have been admitted to SAIL’s Durgapur Steel Plant Hospital better known as Main Hospital, two private operated super specialty hospitals and some nursing homes. However no casualties have been reported so far.
Meanwhile, Dengue cases in India have nearly doubled with 17,492 cases recorded in the January-July period this year as compared to 8,899 in the corresponding period in 2012. However, the number of fatalities has declined with 56 deaths recorded as compared to 76 last year, according to the Health Ministry data.
The Durgapur Municipal Corporation has begun spraying mosquito repellent and bleaching powder in the affected wards. Member, Mayor-in-council (Health), Mrs Lovely Roy, said: “350 Anganwari staff have been assigned to promote mass awareness in the affected wards with immediate effect.”
Naba Waria locality, adjacent to the DMC office, suffered the worst in the outbreak. Eleven persons of the locality have been admitted to either the DSP Hospital or private nursing homes.
The additional chief medical officer of health, Durgapur, Dr Shakuntala Sarkar said: “We have sought a detailed report from the health officer, DMC regarding the outbreak.”
Localities like Angadpur, Nepali Vasti, City Centre are also affected. Three persons from the posh City Centre locality who had fallen sick tested positive for dengue.
Mr Prasanta Goswami, father of a patient from City Centre said: “The platelet count of my elder son started dipping below 27,000, which however has been stabilised after he was brought under medical care.”
On 16 August, the members of a local NGO, the Durgapur Sankalpa, rescued one roadside tea vendor, Sanjoy Ghosh, who was found gasping for life, lying beside the road near the City Bus Terminus. Ghosh was taken to the DSP Hospital where his condition was stated to be critical.
Dr Monikanchan Saha, CMOH, Asansol told reporters: “We haven’t been given initial intimidation about the outbreak. Now we have taken up the matter with a serious concern and are taking steps.”