The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is set to issue a circular to all its health centers directing them to ensure that those coming for dengue testing must share their address (both permanent and temporary) and contact number.
Sources said the measure is being taken to maintain a record of migrant workers who test positive, but it is proving difficult to trace them as they have different permanent and temporary addresses.
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“Ward 24 Councilor Ellora Saha on Friday expressed concern that several migrant workers are visiting KMC health centers for dengue and malaria tests, but there is no record of their residential addresses. This is creating a problem in keeping track of the total infection count, besides being a hurdle in identifying hotspots,” said an official from the civic body. “Many of those who get tested at KMC health centers tend to be immigrants. So, if we have your address, it can help us identify areas with dengue spread,” she added.
Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said since the tests are free, even those who come to Kolkata for work get them done. More than 40,000 cases of dengue have been reported so far this season in West Bengal.
In the last three days, four people died of dengue in West Bengal. On Saturday, a 40-year-old woman resident of Bongaon in North 24 Parganas died due to the infection at a private hospital. Three people died in South 24 Parganas district on Friday.