Kolkata, Jun 1 : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today expressed concern over the upward graph" of Covid-19 positive cases in the state after the Health department's latest bulletin showed 371 new positive cases on a single day and eight casualties on Sunday. " Only yesterday the state touched 371 the highest Covid +ve number. All this staggering is secondary fudging of data. This does good to none, " Mr Dhankar said on his Twitter account on Monday. " Hoodwinking never pays in a crisis. Real time data is the essence of awareness of people who need to be more careful in the Un-Lockdown period, " Mr Dhankar maintained. The Department of Health and Family Welfare's bulletin on Sunday evening said with 371 new confirmed cases, total positive cases stood at 5501 in the state and total deaths were 245 since March 23, 2020. The discharge rate was 39.21 per cent. Mr Dhankar also sought information from TMC spokesperson and MP Derek O Brien, saying " as to how many results of test reports are pending as he is social media spokesperson @ Mamta Official."
" I put this figure over 40,000 to the Chief Secretary. Awfully worrisome scenario. Such a long delay in test results defeats the purpose of testing, " Mr Dhankar said. " Bengal has conducted over 2 lakh tests, discharge rate 39% Today's daily update on COVID from Bengal," Derek O'Brien Tweeted on Sunday. Derek O'Brien said " Yes, @jdhankhar1 Ji, we know about the worrisome state of affairs at @BJP4Bengal with MPs & politicians orchestrating ‘remote-controlled' targeting of Hon’ble @MamataOfficial when things are in shambles in Guj & MP, where that party has been ruling for so long and still failing." A latest report from Siliguri said some new (six) Covid cases were found in north Bengal's districts. In Chang Hospital two new cases were reported with one lab technician and a child, the residents of Jalpaiguri. Besides a person at Phansidewa, who has travel history, a returnee from Pune was found positive and two others at Naxalbari and one at BSF camp, Kadamtala. BJP MP from Darjeeling Raju Bista has dashed off letters to Mr Dhankar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking their urgent intervention into the "alarming" rise in COVID-19 cases in North Bengal region.
" In the past few days, there has been a sharp increase in the number of positive cases in the North Bengal districts, highlighting the need to develop a better COVID-19 management system at the earliest, " he said. " In my correspondence, I have highlighted that at present, only a handful of hospitals in Siliguri are catering to the treatment of COVID-19 patients from across North Bengal. The existing COVID related medical facilities in Siliguri are almost on the verge of collapsing, " he added. " There is just one testing lab in NBMCH, which is under immense pressure due to a huge backlog of testing reports still pending, " Mr Bista stated.
" The healthcare facilities in Siliguri city is already overburdened, since the COVID-19 facilities set up here are being forced to cater to six districts of North Bengal - Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Alipurduars, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, and North Dinajpur, " he noted. " The doctors, nurses, lab technicians, sample collectors, ambulance drivers and other frontline COVID warriors based out of COVID hospital, SARI hospital, and NBMCH are working overtime under strenuous working conditions, " he said. He said given the tremendous pressure under which medical services of Siliguri are at present, he requested the government to kindly establish a decentralized COVID-19 management system by developing SARI and COVID hospitals with on the premise testing facilities in every district, including the hill region of Darjeeling district. He also batted for adding additional hospitals in Siliguri to deal with COVID crisis, and increasing the number of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other staff dealing with COVID care, so that the burden on each individual is reduced.
" I am hopeful that Ms Banerjee will also understand and share the concerns I have raised, and work towards strengthening the medical facilities in the North Bengal region, " he stated. Mr Bista assured the government of his full cooperation and support in this regard. (UNI)