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One dead in Khallikote diarrhoea outbreak


Reported by Tarun Acharya

Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Khallikote, May 14:

More than 100 people, including 15 children, have been afflicted by diarrhoea in Bania village and its adjoining areas under Khallikote block in Odisha’s Ganjam district.

While seven-year old girl Sriyanka Das died of the disease today, eight-year old boy Hemant Das, who has also been afflicted with the disease, was shifted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital at Brahmapur after his condition deteriorated, sources said.

While some people of the village suffered from diarrhoea immedaitely after attending a marriage feast in the same village, the disease soon spread to the entire village population as most of the villagers had attended the feast.

On reports reaching the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Khallikot, a medical camp has been opened in the village and two Ayush doctors, a medical officer in-charge, health supervisor, lady health workers and ANMs are treating the patients, sources said.

Several people who have caught the disease have been shifted to the CHC at Khallikote. With the number of beds available there grossly inadequate, many of them are undergoing treatment on the verandah of the CHC, sources added.

The medical officer in-charge, Ratikant Sahoo said sanitation teams have been dispatched to Bania and nearby villages to spread awareness as well as sanitize water sources there. All villagers have been given medicine dosages as a preventive measure. Water and stool samples have been collected and sent for examination, he said.

A similar situation had occurred in nearby Samal village under Khallikote block last year, sources said.