A government doctor has been suspended for reporting dengue deaths in social media which went against the impression of the state government that there was nothing to panic.
Bengal’s health department suspended Arunachal Dutta Choudhury for writing a post on Facebook which stated that there were around 500 patients admitted in the hospital on 6 October and that he struggled to treat the patients many of whom were lying on the floor.
“People are dying of fever. I’m trying to console them. In the death certificate, I’m writing ‘fever with thrombocytopenia’… not dengue,” he wrote, according to The Telegraph.
His social media post amounts to “misinterpretation in the public and (are) derogatory to the hospital administration,” the suspension order issued by the state health department yesterday says.
Dr Choudhury, an MD, is posted at Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district.
On 24 October, Chief Secretary Malay Dey stated 35 people have died due to the dengue while 18,238 cases of dengue have been reported since January 2017.
On 31 October, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said there was no need to panic. He said deaths caused by vector-borne diseases in West Bengal were far less compared to other states.
“In Gujarat, 435 people have died due to vector-borne diseases. In Maharashtra, the number is 695. In Rajasthan the number is 230. In Uttar Pradesh, it is 165 and in Madhya Pradesh it is 141. Even in smaller state like Kerala it is 111 and in Tamil Nadu it is 12. In Assam, the number is 87 and the same in Orissa is 83. These reports were uploaded 15 days ago. I do not have the latest data. We have received 21,000 complaints and are confirming that we have received 13 dengue death reports from state hospitals and 27 such reports from private hospitals. We are yet to verify the 27 reports,” Banerjee said, according to Indian Express.