WB Doctor Suspended For Exposing Dengue Deaths Facts in a FB Post

Doctor suspended from duty for alleging that West Bengal government is manipulating the number of dengue deaths.

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Dr. Arunachal Dutta Choudhury (Photo: Facebook/ Arunachal Dutta Choudhury)

West Bengal health department has suspended a doctor for alleging in Facebook posts that the state government is suppressing facts regarding the dengue menace in the state.

Arunachal Dutta Choudhury's post on Facebook amounts to "misinterpretation in the public and is derogatory to the hospital administration," the suspension order issued by the state health department on 10 November read.

The doctor, an MD, was posted at Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district.

An excerpt from the Facebook post that got Arunachal Dutta Choudhury
An excerpt from the Facebook post that got Arunachal Dutta Choudhury

He claimed in the posts that 500 people were admitted at the hospital on 6 October and wrote about his struggle to diagnose the patients many of whom were lying on the floor.

According to the health department, there have been 19 deaths in state-run hospitals since January and over 18,000 cases were reported in various government clinical establishments.

Opposition parties have been alleging that the Mamata Banerjee government is trying to suppress the number of deaths because of dengue in the state

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