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BJP targets health minister on dengue

Published: 14th August 2013 12:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2013 12:05 PM   |  A+A-

The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the State Government for its casual approach to control dengue which has spread to 23 districts.

While the disease has taken five lives so far and more than 800 people are detected positive, Health Minister Damodar Rout’s claim that dengue is in control in the State shows his lack of concern to health services which is in shambles, BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma said.Rout has been vehemently denying any loss of life due to dengue. His apathy towards the cause and reluctance to accept the loss of lives is inhuman. The Chief Minister must take away the portfolio from Rout to save  lives, he said.

On August 10, Sahadev Lohar, an employee of Bhusan Steel Plant at Bonai in Sundergarh district died of dengue. Sema Manjari, a nurse of MCL Central Hospital at Talcher died of dengue at a private hospital in the City. However, these incidents have failed to wake up the Health Minister. The death of nine infants in Burla is a burning example of efficacy of the Minister and Health Department, Sharma said.

Most of the hospitals in State have inadequate doctors and medicines supplied to Government hospitals are sold in  black market.

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