Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Jan 15:
The death toll due to the outbreak of jaundice went up by two in the western Odisha city of Sambalpur yesterday. But an embarrassed government continues to peg the toll at 20.
The two latest victims of the disease have been identified as Ganesh Chandra Behera (48) and Salima Khatun (65).
Ganesh, who expired on Tuesday night, was a reserve police constable stationed at Sambalpur. He had been suffering from the disease since past 20 days and was under treatment in a local nursing home. He was shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar when his condition deteriorated, but couldn’t survive.
Salma, who died yesterday morning, belongs to Sunapali. She was under treatment at the district headquarters hospital and was shifted to Burla Medical College & Hospital when her condition deteriorated. She had returned home three days back, but breathed her last at her home yesterday.
It may be noted that, 11 new persons have been identified with jaundice in government and private hospitals in the western Odisha town. This takes the number of victims identified so far to 2751.
While 481 patients visited the district headquarters hospital yesterday, blood test was conducted on 55 patients. Six patients have tested positive for jaundice and three of them have been admitted to the hospital. Hepatitis E virus has been detected in seven patients. Two more have tested positive in private clinics.
So far, 1749 patients have been identified in district headquarters hospital, 970 in private hospitals and 32 in the VSS Medical College & Hospital in Burla.
The government has taken steps to test samples from water supply units in the Sambalpur suburbs following the spread of the disease. The samples collected from eight places of Maneswar and two places of Themra yesterday will be tested and report will be published today.
The government has tested water samples from 20 other places from the tow,n including sugarcane juice stalls, iced water and PHD supplies so far and has declared them safe to drink.