Dhruvajyoti Banerjee: The central government has not announced any protocol to control the new strain of dengue. So awareness is trust. Standing in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Minister of Public Works and Urban Development Firhad Hakim appealed to all the anti-ruling parties to spread awareness.
This new strain of dengue called ‘Dengue 3’ or ‘Den 3’ has raised concerns. Awareness is the main hope of the state or municipalities to deal with it at the moment. Along with minimum treatment, the municipalities are doing the work of awareness. Firhad pointed out this real situation while answering the questions of opposition party legislators including Siliguri MLA Shankar Ghosh in the Legislative Assembly. Referring to the Centre’s protocol, he said, “We don’t know the protocol yet.” The situation is worrying. Several have died. No heavy rain this time. But the weather conditions are also not good. 30 percent of the total affected are in cities, 70 percent in rural areas. But no matter how much the government tries, it will not happen if the people are not aware. Convince them. There is no way without awareness.” Later he added, “The central government has not told us any protocol to control the new strain of dengue. So awareness is trust.”
[আরও পড়ুন: ‘রাস্তা যেন বন্ধ না হয়’, শ্রীভূমির পুজো উদ্বোধনে সুজিতকে ‘ঘ্যাচাং ফুঁ’ করার হুঁশিয়ারি মমতার]
Regarding this new strain of dengue, Firhad highlighted the example of Singapore last year. “The outbreak of this strain was first seen in Singapore last year,” he said. This time the number of patients there is 37 thousand. This is our first time here. Repeatedly it attacks in daylight. Dengue mosquitoes can be found in tubs, in any part of a fallen car, in clean water. Municipalities are trying their own way. Appeal to the people, look at the situation in their own homes.”
Referring to the situation in his area, the MLA of Siliguri said that several deaths have already occurred in Siliguri. The number of victims is 700. Fever is dangerous for children. weakening them rapidly. Platelets are not decreasing. Damage to other parts of the body is much greater. Shankar appealed to the Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya to immediately send a team of doctors to Siliguri. Responding to his request, Chandrimadevi said that the medical team will immediately visit Siliguri as well as the entire North Bengal. He also reminded that dengue outbreak increases every three years. After 2019, its prevalence has increased again this year. However, the minister claimed that the impact is much less than that year.
[আরও পড়ুন: ‘আই অ্যাম আ মেল, ইডি-সিবিআই আমাকে স্পর্শ করতে পারে না’, শুভেন্দুকে কটাক্ষ ইদ্রিসের]
On the other hand, some regulations have already been issued from the health building. For example, drug stores will take the customer’s phone number while selling fever medicine. It will be sent to the district or block office. The patient will be called to inquire about fever. Whether dengue or malaria test has been done or not, will the report be taken? Swasthya Bhavan gave this order in discussion with the district health officials. It has also been said that if more than 10 people are infected with dengue in an area, a temporary fever clinic should be identified and blood tests should be arranged for 24 hours. The vector control department should send its information only if there is stagnant water, bushes and forests. 1 thousand 97 additional doctors have been employed in this work. Swasthya Bhavan will issue SOP on dengue from Monday. The SOP will state how the situation will be handled in the outdoor area of the medical college if any major problem arises during the puja.
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