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Government moves to check spread of dengue

Correspondent
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At least 119 cases of the disease have been identified in the State

Even as the State government on Wednesday took stock of the prevailing dengue situation in the State, the number of dengue patients in Cuttack district alone mounted to 73. Of them, 65 were from Cuttack city alone. Currently 50 patients are under treatment in SCB Medical College while the remaining are under treatment in various private hospitals.

According to the hospital sources, the bed-strength of the special dengue ward here has been enhanced to 50 and preparations are in full swing to have another ward having 100 beds to treat dengue cases exclusively.

While the outbreak of the disease was restricted only to Rausapatna and its adjoining areas of the city last week, it has now spread to fresh areas thereby creating a panic among the city residents. The threat of dengue is haunting the people more for the fact that most low-lying areas of the city are now witnessing unprecedented water logging for past four days.

The hygiene and sanitation of the city have been badly affected as people in most parts are wading through knee-deep to ankle-deep rainwater filled with mock and sewerage as drainage system of the city has been crippled completely, thanks to an ‘unresponsive’ civic body, allege people here.

Taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the day held a video conference in which he directed the Collectors of affected districts to ensure that the disease does not spread to fresh areas. He also asked the Collectors of Cuttack, Khurda, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Ganjam, Angul and Dhenkanal to remain alert and take up massive sanitation drive in the affected and vulnerable areas. According to a report from Bhubaneswar, at least 119 dengue patients have been identified in the State so far and Cuttack district has been badly affected for having registered the maximum patients. While 13 dengue patients have been identified in Khurda district, eight are from Angul, 10 from Dhenkanal, four from Jajpur and 11 are from Mayurbhanj.

Advisory

Meanwhile, the State Government has come out with an advisory asking the people to immediately get their blood samples tested as soon as they suffer from any types of fever. If they test positive for dengue, they must immediately get admitted to hospitals having facilities to treat the disease. The government has also announced that free ICU treatment will be made available to serious dengue patients.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik takes stock of the situation

Of the total cases, 73 have been reported from Cuttack

Massive sanitation drive to be taken up in the affected areas


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