Dengue kills 5-year-old Hooghly girl

Kolkata: A five-year-old girl from Hooghly's Sreerampur died of dengue at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Tuesday.

Bengal has seen a sharp rise in dengue cases recently. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her concern over the incident while holding an administrative meeting in South Dinajpur's Gangarampur on Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Sunidhi Sharma who was a resident of Sreerampur in Hooghly. She was initially admitted to a private nursing home in the district with fever. The patient was shifted to the CMCH on November 16 as her condition deteriorated.

A three-year-old boy from Lake Town reportedly died of dengue at a private hospital in Park Circus on Sunday morning. Aharshi Dhar (3), a resident of Lake Town died of dengue at a private hospital in Park Circus on Sunday morning.

The victim had been under treatment at the hospital for the past few days.

It has been alleged that many people in the city and adjoining districts have already been affected with the disease. Senior health department officials held a number of meetings to take various measures to check the rise in dengue cases in the city.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and other civic bodies have already taken massive campaign to spread awareness against dengue and strengthened the conservancy works. It was learnt that the state government has identified 20 municipalities as vulnerable to dengue. Many of the dengue affected victims were reported from South Dum Dum municipality, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, Howrah Municipal Corporation, Sreerampur Municipality, Maheshtala Municipality, Kachrapara Municipality, Baranagar Municipality and Asansol Municipality.

It was said that as many as 392 dengue cases have been reported from South Dum Dum Municipality areas. The figure stood at 268 last year. All the civic bodies have been asked to carry out anti-dengue drive in full swing.

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