Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 26:
The jaundice outbreak in Odisha’s Millennium City is assuming alarming proportions as five fresh cases of infected persons were detected here today.
With the identification of new cases, the number of infected persons has gone up to 22. The cases have been reported from Jobra area in the city.
“Five news cases of jaundice have been detected in Jobra area in the city. They will be provided with healthcare facility here,” Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Health Officer, Dr Pradipta Kumar Pradhan informed.
It may be mentioned that 17 jaundice cases were reported here yesterday prompting the government to open 24-hour health camp in the city.
The district administration set up the round-the-clock health camp in Jobra area today to extend free treatment to the patients.
Meanwhile, various water samples have been collected and sent to a laboratory in Khapuria here for testing of quality of water. Besides, underground water pipelines are being checked and replaced in case of finding breached ones. In addition to this, water tankers are being supplied in various wards under Jobra area.
District Collector, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioner, Mayor and other officials have been keeping a close watch on the situation. The senior officials made an on-the-spot visit to the worst-hit Jobra area to assess the situation.
Later in the day, an emergency meeting comprising Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo and District Collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra reviewed the jaundice situation in the city.
“The capacity of the mobile team engaged in collecting blood samples has been increased from six to 20,” Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak told mediapersons here.
Replying to a query, Housing and Urban Development minister said that Rs 76 crore will be spent on repair and replacement of old water pipelines in the city. Besides, 20 squads will be pressed into service to detect leakage in the pipelines.