West Bengal Chief Secretary holds meeting with DMs, health officials of 4 worst dengue-hit districts


West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi on Tuesday held a assembly via video conferencing with the district magistrates (DMs) and fitness officers of Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Paraganas and Kolkata districts that have been worst-laid low with dengue.Health and civic officers have been directed to preserve a watch on cleanliness to test the vectore-borne disease. Door-to-door visits had been ordered in regions wherein dengue is at the rise. Additional groups have already been deployed in Kolkata to kill mosquitoes and spot the way to lessen the caseload.

The chief secretary for urban development and community affairs will also hold a meeting with city officials soon to review the dengue situation in the state, the official said. The DM will review dengue prevention and control activities with local councilors in high-case cities. A total of 6,114 dengue tests were conducted on Tuesday, with 932 positive. On Monday, at least five dengue patients died across the state. Also, 348 cases were confirmed. “The rate of transmission seems to have stabilised, with a little decrease in the test positivity rate. Larval density is also on the decline,” said Director of Health Service Dr Siddhartha Niyogi. The medical teams will visit the cities and regions of the four districts, said officials.The number of dengue cases in the state this year so far is about 51,000, Niyogi added. While the government claims that the situation is under control, the Opposition has been blaming it for not releasing “actual data”.

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