A 28-year-old woman constable with the Kolkata Police died of dengue on Wednesday. Ranu Biswas, posted at Amherst Street Police station, was on maternity leave and recently gave birth to a child.
“Eleven days ago, she delivered a baby after which she fell severely sick and died due to dengue,” said a police officer.
As per police, Biswas was a resident of Ashwini Nagar where several people have been effected by dengue.
She was admitted to a private hospital on EM Bypass where it was confirmed that she had contracted dengue. She died during her treatment.
Just a few days ago, a 10-year-old girl, Akshiti Das, had died of dengue at a private hospital in Kolkata. Before Akshiti, 56-year-old KMC staffer Shantanu Majumdar, who was tested positive for dengue, had died.
As per KMC authorities, more than 2,000 new dengue cases have been recorded since September. The KMC has been carrying out anti-larval activities, which have allegedly failed to bring any change.
“It is that time of the year when dengue peaks, and it is important to take precautionary measures. We have been undertaking a lot of awareness programmes throughout the year. However it is also the responsibility of the people to ensure hygiene and cleanliness,” said a KMC officer.
In September, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had informed the state Assembly that 17 people died of the vector-borne disease till September 5. She had also said that around 10,500 people were affected by dengue.
“All of us need to play a positive role in combating the dengue menace. This should not be politicised. So far, 13 people have died in government hospitals and four in private facilities till September 5,” the CM had said.