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Tripura Congress says malaria epidemic out of control, accuses govt to have denied latest treatment protocol
Tripura Congress says malaria epidemic out of control, accuses govt to have denied latest treatment protocol
PHOTO : Congress Leadar Sudip Roy Barman press briefing at Congress Bhawan in Agartala. TIWN Pic June 20

Agartala, June 20(TIWN): The Tripura Pradesh Congress today stated that Tripura's ruling Left Front government deliberately denied adopting the latest treatment protocol recommended by the central government. Malaria deaths continued despite all efforts of the state government due to non compliance with the protocol recommendations, Tripura Opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman said here today.

Addressing the media at Pradesh Congress Bhawan at Agartala, Roy Barman today said that two delegations of the Pradesh Congress recently visited the endemic zones in Dhalai district. "A delegation
led by PCC president Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl visited Longtraivalley sub-division. A second delegation led by Debabrata Kalai visited Gandacherra. Both teams found that the situation already went out of
control", he said. "We have got confirmed report of malaria deaths from Bhagirath Para under Gandacherra sub-division on Friday", Roy Barman said.

 The CLP leader attacked new Health Minister Badal Choudhury and said that none of the claims made by the latter including free ration support to relatives of malaria patients admitted in public hospitals, free medicines to all patients etc were realized at ground zero. The Congress party today announced eight point demands to be fulfilled right away to contain the epidemic situation. The Opposition leader further said that the government's decision to suspend supposedly erring healthcare personnel was most untimely and disastrous. "These punishments are all eyewash.

 You can't reduce your existing low workforce when people are dying because you can't provide treatment due to lack of manpower", he said. "Patients are leaving hospitals midway during treatment due to dearth of space and treatment facilities. We want each of them to be kept under observation after preliminary treatment. We demand ration facilities for relatives of patients to reduce hospital drop-out rate", Tripura PCC spokesperson Dr. Ashok Sinha said. The demands further included six months' free ration for all families in the disturbed areas. Dr. Sinha also said that the latest treatment protocol recommended for Tripura in 2013 was denied due to which the malaria outbreak assumed such massive scale. The party sought a high level committee headed by the Chief Secretary to investigate into reasons of the mass scale epidemic.

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