Kolkata: CALCUTTA High Court has termed the report on dengue outbreak filed by Mamata Banerjee government as ‘sham’ and ‘confusing’ and has asked for a fresh report along with latest updates.
This comes amidst two more people succumbing to undiagnosed fever in the state in the past 24-hours.
The director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy had on 9 November submitted a report to the High Court claiming that only 19 people had died of dengue in the state from January till that day. A hearing on the report scheduled for 10 November was deferred. [READ: Only 19 dengue deaths in state so far: Mamata govt tells Calcutta High Court]
The division bench of acting Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya and justice Arijit Banerjee took up the matter today. The judges asked the government counsel the total number of deaths due to dengue till date. To this, the counsel referred to the 9 November report.
It was then that justice Banerjee termed the report as ‘sham’ and ‘self-contradictory’. Chief Justice Bhattacharya said that the report is incomplete and confusing as it does not have figures of dengue deaths that took place in private healthcare facilities in the state.
The judges also wondered how come a senior official of director rank submits such an inconclusive report to the High Court. They subsequently asked the state government to file a fresh report with all updates pertaining to the latest number of dengue deaths and the number of people afflicted by dengue.
The division bench will hear the matter again on 16 November. It may be mentioned that the HC took up the issue following six public interest litigation that have been filed in the court.
TWO MORE DIE
A teenage boy named Sheikh Sarikul Islam succumbed to an undiagnosed fever at Durgapur Sub-divisional Hospital in West Burdwan today morning. The 10-year-old boy was suffering from fever since 11 November and was hospitalised yesterday.
Sarikul’s family said that he has died of dengue but the hospital authorities claimed the boy has succumbed cerebral ailments.
Similarly, at Champdani in Hooghly, a class-X student has died of undiagnosed fever. Akram Ansari was suffering from mild fever since 10 November but family admitted him to Imambara Hospital at Chinsurah only yesterday. The boy succumbed in the night.