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BJP blames Health minister for dengue deaths

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OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 29

Blaming the Odisha government for its alleged apathy and callousness resulting in the alarming spread of dengue in the state, the State BJP today alleged that Health minister Damodar Rout is responsible for the death of dengue patients in the state.

“It seems that the Health minister is not bothered about the intensity of the vector-borne disease that has assumed alarming proportions in most parts of the state. He has failed to take effective measures to save the lives of the people of the state”, BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty said in a release.

Stating that the SCB Medical College Hospital at Cuttack alone had reported a staggering 1, 380 dengue cases so far, he said while 12 patients have died of dengue at the Hospital in a month, three more patients–Prafulla Behera and Dhrubaswarup Swain of Angul district and one from Jajpur district– died of dengue in the hospital yesterday.

The minister and the doctors have, however, claimed that the deaths were not due to dengue, Mohanty pointed out.  While doctors in the hospital are reluctant to give details fearing the wrath of the minister, the hospital staff had been instructed to hide the register of the dengue victims, he alleged.

While 160 dengue patients are undergoing treatment in the ward, the number of beds in which had been increased from 30 to 180, five patients have been admitted in the ICU. The situation is even worse in the two medical colleges and hospital at Burla and Brahmapur, he said.

Justifying his contention on the gross apathy of the government, Mohanty said the Health secretary has not visited these hospitals till date.

“Even the claim of the Health minister that the Nidhi Mausa Rath would prove a deterrent to dengue has become a total failure”, he added.

Keeping in mind the forthcoming Assembly and general elections, the state government is neither accepting the facts nor taking any step in this regard, Mohanty said, adding that the Health minister, instead of giving erroneous statements, must provide a detailed account of the number of patients and the deceased at the earliest.

Till August 29 this year, out of a total sample test of 8270 patients, 2213 have been found to be dengue positive with the death of one patient, sources in the Health department said today.