Jalpaiguri : Another newborn died in Jalpaiguri. The death certificate states that the death was due to shortness of breath. Meanwhile, the number of children admitted to the hospital with fever and shortness of breath is increasing. About 45 children were admitted to the hospital from Monday morning to afternoon.
As many as 123 children were admitted to the children’s ward of the hospital till noon on Monday with fever and shortness of breath. 29 children have been discharged from the hospital. 6 children have been sent to North Bengal Medical College in critical condition till noon.
It is alleged that the security guards have started cracking down on the children admitted to the children’s ward of the hospital since Monday morning.
Uttam Das, a relative of one of the admitted children, said, “I can’t even go to see the child. Five people are being inserted. It is impossible for all the children’s parents and relatives to go within an hour.”
Security guards said journalists also entered the ward and took pictures with family members during the visiting hours. This has been done on the instructions of the authorities.
Many people had to suffer to bring their children to the hospital due to the closure. Someone has brought children in E-rickshaw for a rent of four hundred or five hundred rupees.
Hospitalized children are not being tested for RS virus and influenza B virus. The hospital authorities claimed that samples of ten children were initially collected and sent to the School of Tropical Medicine in Calcutta. The authorities claim that this test is not possible due to lack of system.
Mridul Ghosh, the acting chief health officer of the district, said that the journalists could not be informed about anything.