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Govt to file FIRs against 3 TEs

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 � The State Government will file FIRs against three tea estates � Sadharu, Pratapgarh and Baghmari � charging their managements with gross negligence for the recent diarrhoea deaths in the gardens at Biswanath Chariali.

Meanwhile, three health officials, SDMNHO Dr AK Bhattacharya, Deputy Superintendent Dr R Basumatary, and District Disease Surveillance Officer Dr Rabendranath Roy, have been placed under suspension for negligence of duty in connection with the diarrhoea epidemic.

Informing this to the media, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the disease could assume serious proportions due to the negligence of the tea estate management which � despite having NRHM-aided hospitals � failed to tackle the situation with the kind of urgency it deserved.

�We feel that the tea garden managements are guilty of gross negligence. They should have dealt with the situation easily as their hospitals are supported by NRHM. The FIRs would be filed within 24 hours. The health officials were also placed under suspension on similar grounds, as they failed to notify us about the situation in the tea gardens,� Sarma said.

Sarma said that the State Government would pursue both criminal and departmental proceedings against those accused of negligence.

State Additional Secretary PP Verma has been entrusted with conducting an on-the-spot inquiry and submit the findings within 15 days.

Sarma said that a preliminary inquiry revealed 117 diarrhoea cases (Oct 1-28) in the area. The official death toll so far has been 22.

The Health Minister also said that dengue was now very much present in the State, and it would be wrong to restrict dengue cases as of migratory origin. There have been 97 suspected dengue cases in the State so far, of which 14 were confirmed cases. The number of dengue deaths is two � one at Guwahati and the other at Golaghat.

�Our survey comprising 754 households in the State, mostly in Guwahati, has shown the presence of the Aedes mosquito. Dengue is very much prevalent in Assam and so it would be wrong to treat dengue cases as migratory,� Sarma said.

Urging people to take precautions that are same as in the case of malaria, Sarma said that apart from the medical college hospitals, all the district civil hospitals were well-equipped to deal with dengue.

�There is no need to panic and the people should approach government hospitals which are better-equipped than private hospitals to treat dengue,� he said.

In the survey in Guwahati, nine households out of a surveyed 754 were found to have the Aedes mosquito � the break-up being Fatasil Ambari-4, Christianbasti-2 and Basistha-3. �The situation in the State is not alarming but vigilance should be increased,� Sarma said.

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Govt to file FIRs against 3 TEs

GUWAHATI, Nov 1 � The State Government will file FIRs against three tea estates � Sadharu, Pratapgarh and Baghmari � charging their managements with gross negligence for the recent diarrhoea deaths in the gardens at Biswanath Chariali.

Meanwhile, three health officials, SDMNHO Dr AK Bhattacharya, Deputy Superintendent Dr R Basumatary, and District Disease Surveillance Officer Dr Rabendranath Roy, have been placed under suspension for negligence of duty in connection with the diarrhoea epidemic.

Informing this to the media, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the disease could assume serious proportions due to the negligence of the tea estate management which � despite having NRHM-aided hospitals � failed to tackle the situation with the kind of urgency it deserved.

�We feel that the tea garden managements are guilty of gross negligence. They should have dealt with the situation easily as their hospitals are supported by NRHM. The FIRs would be filed within 24 hours. The health officials were also placed under suspension on similar grounds, as they failed to notify us about the situation in the tea gardens,� Sarma said.

Sarma said that the State Government would pursue both criminal and departmental proceedings against those accused of negligence.

State Additional Secretary PP Verma has been entrusted with conducting an on-the-spot inquiry and submit the findings within 15 days.

Sarma said that a preliminary inquiry revealed 117 diarrhoea cases (Oct 1-28) in the area. The official death toll so far has been 22.

The Health Minister also said that dengue was now very much present in the State, and it would be wrong to restrict dengue cases as of migratory origin. There have been 97 suspected dengue cases in the State so far, of which 14 were confirmed cases. The number of dengue deaths is two � one at Guwahati and the other at Golaghat.

�Our survey comprising 754 households in the State, mostly in Guwahati, has shown the presence of the Aedes mosquito. Dengue is very much prevalent in Assam and so it would be wrong to treat dengue cases as migratory,� Sarma said.

Urging people to take precautions that are same as in the case of malaria, Sarma said that apart from the medical college hospitals, all the district civil hospitals were well-equipped to deal with dengue.

�There is no need to panic and the people should approach government hospitals which are better-equipped than private hospitals to treat dengue,� he said.

In the survey in Guwahati, nine households out of a surveyed 754 were found to have the Aedes mosquito � the break-up being Fatasil Ambari-4, Christianbasti-2 and Basistha-3. �The situation in the State is not alarming but vigilance should be increased,� Sarma said.