Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 27:
Jaundice outbreak in Odisha’s Cuttack city is back to haunt the officials as the water-borne disease is spreading its tentacles thick and fast with the detection of fresh cases today.
Ten new cases of jaundice positive patients have been identified today taking the number of infected persons to 37.
“Of the blood samples collected, ten fresh cases have been detected today. By yesterday, the number of jaundice positive cases was 27,” Cuttack Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Prafulla Kumar Behera said.
It may be mentioned that 11 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 yesterday to extend free treatment to the patients.
With the jaundice situation turning grim, the district administration and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) authorities have geared up to detect leakages in the underground piped water supply system.
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 had reviewed the jaundice situation in the city yesterday.
“The capacity of the mobile team engaged in collecting blood samples has been increased from six to 20,” Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak told mediapersons here yesterday.
Replying to a query, Housing and Urban Development minister had 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.