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Suspected dengue death: Carlos seeks action against illegal sewage discharge

Vasco: Raising concern over the death of a youth from Vollant from suspected dengue fever, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida on Monday issued 10-day ultimatum to the health authorities to put in place proper healthcare facilities at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim.

Malcom Dias aged 22 from Vollant had succumbed to suspected dengue fever while undergoing treatment at Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim on August 17. He was earlier admitted at the sub-district hospital at Chicalim and had undergone treatment for about three days.

In order to take stock of the situation, an emergency meeting of various concerned departments was chaired by the Vasco MLA Almeida at deputy collector’s office in Vasco on Monday.

Almeida issued strict directions to the Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) to within a week disconnect water supply of whosoever found releasing/discharging sewage into the gutters and drains as they offer breeding grounds to mosquitoes.

The meeting was attended by Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Nandadeep Raut, deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate Mormugao Paresh Faldessai, MMC chief officer Gaurish Shankhwalkar, health officer of Vasco urban health centre Dr Rahsmi Khandeparkar, health officer of sub-district hospital Chicalim Dr Rajendra Borkar and others.

Over 100 persons from across Vasco including Vollant on Monday staged a protest in front of the office of the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate, Mormugao against the youth’s death.

Parish priest of St Andrew’s Church Rev Fr Gabriel Coutinho, Fr Camilo Dias, parishioners of St Andrew’s Church, MMC councillor Fredrick Henriques and others were also present.

Rev Fr Gabriel Coutinho maintained that the sub-district hospital at Chicalim is functioning without proper facilities since the day after its commissioning.

Terming the death of 22-year-old youth from Vollant as an unfortunate incident, health officer of Chicalim sub-district hospital Dr Rajendra Borkar said, “Necessary medical facilities including IV fluids, antibiotics were given to Malcom on time but on August 17 morning, he developed vomiting. We immediately tried to shift him to GMC with three pines, out of which two was to increase the volume of blood and other was to increase dopamine,” Dr Borkar said. He said that there is no definitive curative treatment available till date for dengue.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit president Jose Philip D’Souza, addressing a press conference in Vasco on Monday, said, “Healthcare facilities in the state are deteriorated. The state government is responsible for the death of the youth.”

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