Political temperatures have been rising over Dengue outbreak in West Bengal. The BJP has launched a massive protest, criticising the Mamata Banerjee govt for ineptly handling the Dengue outbreak. West Bengal BJP leaders alleged that over 1,000 deaths have taken place due to lack of infrastructure.
They also accused the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to “mislead” the people and doing politics over a serious issue like dengue outbreak and demanded compensation to families of those who succumbed to the disease. The BJP is, in fact, looking to up the ante and launching a ‘protest demonstration’ in front of all district hospitals of West Bengal tomorrow.
আগামীকাল ডেঙ্গু দমনে তৃণমূল প্রশাসনের ব্যর্থতার প্রতিবাদে প্রতিটি জেলার সদর হাসপাতাল ও স্বাস্থ্যকেন্দ্রের সামনে 'বিক্ষোভ অবস্থান' কর্মসূচি। pic.twitter.com/2XRfM6g82E
— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) October 29, 2017
Fact or Not?
According to figures from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, West Bengal is not the most Dengue affected state in India in 2017. That dubious distinction belongs to Kerala, which has far higher figures as per NVBDCP.
Figures (provisional till 22nd Oct. 2017) show that West Bengal is at the fourth position overall with the three south Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka occupying top three positions respectively.
Clearly, Kerala with close 20,000 cases is alarming and while the situation of West Bengal is hardly ideal, it is clearly not the most affected. However, the presence of the three southern states, which generally have better health indices, in the top dengue affected states may reflect lowering of the previously high standards of Healthcare and sanitation.