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Health dept seeks help of other depts to check spread of dengue in Odisha


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6:

The Health and Family Welfare department today sought active cooperation from Industries, Steel & Mines and Housing & Urban Development departments to tackle vector borne diseases since the maximum number of dengue cases are being reported from industrial areas in Odisha.

Dengue_5The department’s decision to seek cooperation from other departments was taken at a review meeting chaired by Health and Family Welfare Secretary Arati Ahuja, said an official release. 

Quoting departmental reports, Ahuja said out of the 3,950 blood samples tested in the state till Friday, as many as 932 cases had tested positive for dengue while two persons had succumbed to the disease. Out of the 932 who have tested positive for dengue, 177 are undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, including six who have been admitted to the ICU of the hospital, she added.

As many as 400 of the dengue positive cases were reported from Jajpur district alone with the Kalinga Nagar industrial estate area accounting for the bulk of them, the report said. 

“A special medical team has been rushed to Kalinga Nagar area on Friday to take stock of the situation there and take appropriate measures for checking the spread dengue there,” Ahuja said adding that a close watch is being kept on other industrial areas in Angul, Dhenkanal, Sundergarh and other districts. 

The Health and Family Welfare Secretary informed that directives had been issued for making immediate arrangements for provision of additional beds and facilities for testing of blood samples at the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack. The required number of doctors, nurses and paramedics will be deployed for the purpose and directives have been issued to see to it that there are no lapses in treatment of dengue patients, she added. 

“The situation arising out of dengue in the state is under control. There is no reason to panic,” Ahuja asserted.

Similarly, diarrhoea is also under control in the state, the release said. It said while 1716 were afflicted with diarrhoea in different districts of the state, a total of 16 persons have died due to the disease till the end of August  

The release said due to extensive awareness programmes, monitoring at the grassroots level and provision of instant treatment facilities, the number of cases of diarrhoea as well as the death toll had come down substantially. While as many as 4971 persons were affected with diarrhoea and 59 had died in 2011, 3604 persons were affected and 59 had died in 2012. A total of 3368 persons were affected and 29 had died in 2013, the review revealed.

Similarly, deaths due to malaria had also come down in the state with 36 deaths by the end of July this year in comparison to 67 in 2013, 79 in 2012, 100 in 2011, 147 in 2010, 198 in 2009 and 239 in 2008. Malaria still remains a major challenge to public health, the release said