Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 27:
With yet another patient from Kalinga Nagar area in Odisha’s Jajpur district succumbing to dengue at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here on Friday, the toll in the disease rose to seven in the hospital in the past three months.
“The casualty due to dengue this year has increased to seven with the death of a middle aged woman from Jajpur district today while undergoing treatment at the hospital,” informed SCB Medical College and Hospital emergency officer B N Moharana on Friday.
Hospital sources said out of some 111 dengue patients currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, an overwhelming majority are from Kalinga Nagar area of Jajpur district. Six of these patients are in the ICU out of which the condition of one is stated to be critical.
Reports said areas in the periphery of the private steel plants in Kalinga Nagar area have turned out to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes due to unclean surroundings and poor sanitation.
Sources said despite tall claims made by plant authorities in the area about measures to control the viral disease’s spread. it is spreading like wild fire with more than 300 people from the Kalinga Nagar locality having been already afflicted with dengue this season.