Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Nayagarh, Feb 14:
Even as the Odisha government is grappling with the task of preventing jaundice from spredaing to new areas in Cuttack city, there are reports of the water borne disease surfacing in Khedabarena Nua Sahi village of Nayagarh district.
While 15 have reportedly tested positive, one child has died of the disease in the village in the last three months. The affected, mostly children, are undergoing treatment at different hospitals at Nayagarh, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, claimed villagers.
While villagers claimed to be using piped water and water from tubewells, it is not yet clear what is the cause behind the spread of the disease.
Nayagarh collector Hemant Kumar Padhi said steps will be taken immediately to contain the situation.
“For the last three months, children in our village are being afflicted with the disease. We have taken them to hospitals and they have undergone treatment, but in some cases it’s relapsing. We are using water supplied through the piped water supply system in our village and also water drawn from tube wells. We are unable to know what is causing the disease. Only children are getting afflicted with the disease”, said Rajkishore Pradhan, a villager of Khedabarena Nua Sahi.
“Another child of our village has been admitted to a hospital, he is undergoing treatment there”, said another villager.
“It is for the first time I am getting this information. I will ask the concerned BDO and the CDMO to investigate the matter. If it is found to be true, steps will be taken immediately to contain the situation and provide treatment,” said Hemant Kumar Padhi, Collector Nayagarh.