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Hundreds of children hospitalized with viral infection in North Bengal; 6 dead

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Hundreds of children throughout the numerous districts of North Bengal were hospitalised with signs of viral infection. Reports say that a minimum of six kids have died in the past few days — 3 in Jalpaiguri, two in Malda and one in Uttar Dinajpur. It has spread widespread tensions and panic within side the State.

No reason to panic: Health Secretary of State

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting yesterday i.e, on September 16 in the SSKM Hospital for the recent health situation in the state. State’s Health Secretary Narayan Swaroop Nigam said that there should not be any reason to panic and most of the kids who are suffering have been infected by Influenza B and RS (Respiratory Syncytial) Virus. He also stated that along with fever, the children were also having other illnesses too. The State had good enough infrastructure to cope with the situation, he stated.

Sample show cases of influenza B and RS virus

A team of professionals has reached north Bengal and the State authorities are getting ready for treating kids with fever. Hundreds of children have been admitted in multiple State-run hospitals in north Bengal. The statistics include 112 in Cooch Behar, 113 in Alipurduar, 92 in Jalpaiguri, 86 in Darjeeling, 196 in Malda, 92 in Dakshin Dinajpur and 64 in Uttar Dinajpur.

Samples of many children down with the fever have been to School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, in which they examined positive for influenza B and RS (breathing syncytial) virus. While not a sample of single children have been found positive for COVID-19, a few children have been observed to be laid low with dengue.

BJP questions Bengal CM

Reports of kids falling sick have additionally been pronounced from Purulia and Durgapur. Meanwhile, the State management of Bharatiya Janata Party highlighted the problem and expected solutions from the Chief Minister of Bengal who holds the Health Portfolio.

“I urge WB Health Secretary to kindly take note of the distressing news coming from North Bengal, where more than 750 children have been admitted in hospitals for high fever & undetected flu-like symptoms. Please initiate measures at the earliest as 6 infants have died already,” Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari said.

Mr. Adhikari wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya requesting him to send a Central team to West Bengal. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh stated that during this type of worrying situation, the Chief Minister and her complete Cabinet seemed to be busy with poll campaigns.

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