The capital of culture has been facing a monster in the form of dengue, but that doesn't stop Mamata Banerjee from playing a doctor, as she has been heard appealing to people to avoid going on diet, besides asking them to have plenty of water.
KOLKATA AND North 24 Pargana have been hit hard with dengue. Around 643 people have been tested positive with the disease and it has claimed three lives so far. While more and more cases are being diagnosed, the government appeared to be not that bothered with the rising number until recently when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed a section of doctors for not properly checking and diagnosing heart attack as dengue. Then she also urged the citizens to avoid any kinds of diets.
According to a report in ndtv.com, she said at the Writers' Buildings, “I appeal to all of you, my young friends, not to go on diet, especially during the current season. Because, when you go on diet, your immunity system goes down, and you may be struck by diseases like dengue.” With that she also asked them to have plenty of water and to eat properly at a time when the disease was affecting at such a fast pace.
She also forwarded a strict directive to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to look into the matter. After that the ball actually got rolling with the Mayor Sovan Chatterjee holding an urgent meeting with municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed and senior health officials of the civic body on Tuesday afternoon. They organized a plan to combat the illness for the next three months. It was also decided that a special rapid action team would be formed for every ward.