If the State leads the nation in dengue cases, how can Ganjam, where all the four strains of the virus are found in abundance, be left behind. The virus has spread its roots in Ganjam district, including Berhampur.
Barely days after the Additional Director of Health and Nodal Officer of Ganjam district health office Dr Dipak Prusty claimed that the disease was in total control, the flow of patients has only increased in the last three days. There has been a consistent flow of suspected dengue patients to MKCG MCH.
The irony is that over 12 junior doctors, under-graduates, nursing students and Pathology Associate Professor Ashok Das of MKCG MCH were found dengue positive. Many others found suffering from the disease prefer treatment in Vizag.
According to sources, the number of dengue patients in the district, including Berhampur, has crossed 600 and the situation is alarming. However, District Malaria Officer Dr Uma Mishra, who is coordinating dengue treatment, said so far 374 patients were admitted to dengue ward in MKCG MCH of which only 24 were found positive.
Meanwhile, a specialist Dr Amit Kitwe from Delhi arrived in the district to create an awareness about the disease. Accompanied by Mishra and other officials, Dr Kitwe visited Hinjili and some areas in the city on Wednesday.