The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has demanded a white paper on the deaths that occurred in the Government Rajaji Hospital in recent days. Besides, it sought additional funds to combat dengue in Madurai district.
A resolution passed at the 7 Madurai urban district CITU meet here on Tuesday found fault with the administration that no Elisa testing facility and blood bank had been set up at Melur where over 60 persons have died in the last 55 days.
Among the dead were 27 school-going students, the resolution said adding that the overhead tanks in the bus depots and those used for supplying water in the villages had not been cleaned. Besides, the public taps of drinking water had been erected in unhygienic location near the sewerages that caused the fever, the resolution said.
Though enough awareness had been created on dengue, the State Government has not allocated additional funds and not provided necessary medical treatment, the union alleged.
“While the district administration had been claiming that only 15 persons had died due to dengue, the medical officers had been trying to “hide” the actual number of dengue deaths by certifying that the deaths had occurred due to brain fever, viral fever and mysterious fever,” the union alleged.