Doctor suspended for dengue post on FB

first_imgThe West Bengal government has suspended a doctor of a public hospital for alleging in a social media post that the State government was suppressing data regarding the dengue outbreak.The doctor, Arunachal Dutta Choudhury, worked as a medical officer (MO) at the Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district, which according to the government, is the worst affected by dengue.In the suspension letter issued by the State’s Health Department, Dr. Choudhury has been accused of “posting some unverified statistics as well as unfounded remarks in the social media [Facebook]” which was “derogatory” to the State’s health administration.‘Withhold information’In his Facebook post, Dr. Choudhury alleged that there is an “unofficial diktat” to “suppress” any information regarding the lack of adequate infrastructure at government hospitals. He also indicated that the government forced him not to mention dengue in death certificates. Dr. Choudhury further alleged that the “only duty of local health officials was to suppress [dengue-related] data.”Speaking to journalists, Dr. Choudhury said, “I am a government employee and I leave it to the government to decide on my job.”last_img