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More than 10,000 children infected in West Bengal, task force formed

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More than 10 thousand children infected in West Bengal

Kolkata: With the menace of adenovirus spreading rapidly in West Bengal, the state government on Saturday announced the formation of an eight-member task force to monitor the situation. According to the notification issued by the state secretariat on Saturday evening, the eight-member task force will be headed by Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi will do. Other members of the task force include Chief Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Alpan Bandyopadhyay, Health Secretary N.S. Corporation, Women and Child Development Department Secretary Sanghamitra Ghosh, Health Services Director Siddharth Niyogi and Medical Education Director Debasish Bhattacharya.

Task force formed

Two doctors – Sukumar Mukherjee and Gopal Krishna Dhali – have also been included in the task force. “The task force will meet at regular intervals and monitor the arrangements for treatment of affected persons in various hospitals and other aspects related to controlling the disease,” said a notification from the state government. The state government said the total number of children admitted to hospitals with adenovirus-related symptoms remained stable at 19 on Saturday, of whom 13 had co-morbidities.

More than 10 thousand children infected

However, non-official figures are claiming the death toll to be much higher. So far, 10,999 children across the state have been admitted to hospitals with cases of acute respiratory infection, according to state government data. The state government in the notification also claimed that a standard case management guideline has been circulated to all medical establishments and control rooms have been set up to monitor the situation on 24×7 basis.


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