Partha hits out at BJP for politicising dengue outbreak
Kolkata: Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of Trinamool Congress on Friday came down heavily on BJP for politicising the issue of the outbreak of dengue unnecessarily.
"Instead of criticising us, they should have joined hands with the state government to take part in anti-larvae drives. They are talking in a way as if the state government has released mosquitoes in Bengal. The state government has taken all possible measures to check the spread of dengue. But what BJP is actually doing is against the interest of Bengal."
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization ( WHO) has issued an instruction saying: "Control of dengue is everybody's concern." Till 1970, dengue was reported from nine countries and now it is being reported from 128 countries and thus it has become a matter of grave concern.
Senior civic officials said instead of following the dos and don'ts, people are making the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the state Health department a scapegoat. "KMC will require more than one lakh health workers, if the civic authorities have to visit every household once a week. This is an absurd proposition. We have issued the dos and don'ts and launched massive awareness campaigns and if people do not obey them, then it will be difficult to check the spread of the disease," senior officials said.
Civic officials made it clear that if the people do not cooperate, dengue will take the form of epidemic. "It is not possible for health workers to visit every flat in the city and check whether clear water has been stored. People should come out an cooperate with us," they said adding: "Because of weather change, KMC launched the awareness against dengue in January and people from all walks of life had taken part. We requested people to sleep under mosquito nets and if they fail to do so, then neither the Health department nor the KMC should be held responsible."