Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 16:
The number of people infected with dengue in Odisha has increased to 1547 this year, while the death toll has remained at four, said Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak here today.
“We had conducted tests of 5, 999 people in the state of whom 1, 547 have tested positive for dengue this year. Most of the cases were reported from Jagatsinghpur, Keonjhar, Jajpur and Kendrapada districts,” said Nayak after coming out from a review meeting on the issue presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik here today.
The minister said that while most of those infected with dengue received treatment at their homes and nearby hospitals, 140 people were currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals, including 130 at SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack.
Out of the 130 people, nine persons have been admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital.
The minister, however, claimed that the number of deaths has declined this year compared to last year as the government has taken various preventive measures to curb the dengue menace.
While the death toll was 33 in 2011, it was six in 2012 and 2013, said the minister.
Meanwhile, the state government has directed the health and family welfare department to spread awareness among the people about the causes of disease and has asked the district collectors of affected districts to take adequate measures to prevent spread of dengue in their areas.
The industrial and mines areas have been asked to keep their surroundings clean.