Sinapali, Aug 13
Panic gripped the residents of Sinapali area when test reports of water and stool samples collected from the area indicated presence of the deadly cholera bacteria in them.
Rectal swabs of two persons suffering from gastroenteritis and water samples collected from the drinking water supply project at Harijanpada drawing water from river Udanti on August 8 have tested positive for cholera. These samples were sent to the Regional Medical Research Council field centre at Bhawanipatna for examination. The lab, in its report, which reached the Community Health Centre here on Monday, indicated the presence of the cholera strain seen in Kashipur area of Rayagada district.
Gastro enteritis, which has gripped the area for the last few days, is showing no signs of relenting with new cases being reported everyday despite health department efforts to put the disease under control. People residing in Godal, Kapsi, Nadigaon, Karlapani, Bargaon, Jhakarguda and Sinapali along river Udanti are the worst affected with 130 cases of severely affected being reported from the area by Sunday. Seven severely afflicted persons were admitted to the CHC on Monday.
Despite samples drawn from the water supply works at Harjanpada indicating presence of cholera bacteria, supplies from the works is yet to be stopped.
On the other hand, the executive engineer of the water and sanitation department has denied charges that cholera was spreading in the area due to supply of contaminated drinking water. He ascribed the spread of the disease to lack of awareness and unhygienic living conditions of the people instead.
Mobile health clinics have treated more than 400 persons afflicted with gastroenteritis in Sinapali area, apart from those treated at the CHC.