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Authorities move to contain epidemic in Tripura village

A correspondent
Agartala, June 26, 2010: Though belated the health officials have swung into action to contain epidemic in Kangrai area under Kanchanpur subdivision in north Tripura after spate of deaths in malaria and viral fever. Though authorities confirmed death of 15, but reports reaching the state capital suggest that at least 24 tribal, mostly children, died after contacting the diseases in current month.

“Another 50 people majority of them children are sick. Condition of some is serious”, a health official who demanded his name be withheld told over phone. He admitted that the health officials showed apathy in dispatching medical relief to the remote area.

State's health department which has expertise to suppress the casualties as result of health hazard or dismal health situation especially during monsoon resorted to some measures after visit of opposition leader Subal Bhowmik to the area. Even health minister Tapan Chakraborty who normally refrains from visiting affected people rushed to Kanchanpur.

Health department commissioner Yaspal Singh also inspected the measures in the area Saturday. Officials said doctors, technicians and paramedical staffs equipped with adequate medicines are camping in the area.

Congress leader Subal Bhowmik who in fact brought the humanitarian situation to the center stage claimed that the death toll is at least 50 if note more. “I have records and can challenge”, he stated.