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Senior citizens with comorbidities die of dengue in Salt Lake & Baghajatin | Kolkata News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Dengue continues to claim lives in Kolkata and Bidhannagar with two senior citizens being the latest victims of the vector-borne infection. The two – one from Salt Lake and the other from Baghajatin – died of the disease on Thursday night. Both were being treated in the same hospital off EM Bypass. While Kolkata has reported at least a dozen dengue deaths this year, this is the first death in Salt Lake this season.
Pinak Sarkar (66), a resident of AE Block, was battling dengue-related complications for nearly a month. The retired senior official of a multinational construction firm tested positive about a month ago and was first admitted to a Salt Lake hospital. He was shifted to RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences on September 15 due to neurological complications. His death certificate mentions septic shock with multi-organ dysfunction and severe dengue syndrome with dengue encephalitis along with other comorbidities. Sarkar’s daughter and grandson also tested dengue-positive around the same time but they recovered.
Kalpana Dutta (78), who lived in Regent Estate, was admitted to the same hospital on Sunday a day after she tested positive. Hospital sources said she had various comorbidities, including hypertension and seizure disorder. But her family said she was showing signs of recovery and was being treated in the general ward. “I noticed that for a level 1 hospital, there’s shortage of staff. Also, my mother was made to go without food and water for a USG as she complained of abdominal pain. It makes me wonder if this would have caused further dehydration,” said son Subhasish Dutta.
In Salt Lake, AE block residents said at least six persons in the same lane where Sarkar lived have been recently affected by dengue and that garbage were found dumped on premises of some houses. “I have told BMC commissioner to take steps,” said BMC chairman and local councillor Sabyasachi Dutta,
BMC MMiC (health) Banibrata Banerjee said they would send notices to two houses located in the lane.
(With inputs from Debobrata Shome)

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