Malaria has claimed two lives while around 70 persons have been affected in Gatuguda village under Mohona block in Gajapati district during the last 15 days. Two girls of the village aged between five and seven died of the disease last week and among those affected, condition of three is stated to be serious.
Some of the affected persons have been admitted to Chandrapur hospital in Rayagada district, while others are undergoing treatment at Mohana hospital.
Gajapati Chief District Medical Officer SC Mohapatra said a health team from Mohana hospital has been sent to the village.
Gatuguda village is located in a hilly area and inhabitated by 125 families, mostly tribals. Due to lack of health centres and motorable roads, people depend upon quacks.
50 Beds in MKCG for Dengue Patients
With the number of dengue patients rising in Ganjam, authorities of the MKCG Medical have decided to set 50 extra beds aside for them. Last year, the tuberculosis ward in the hospital was used for treating dengue patients.
So far, around 11 persons in Ganjam have been found dengue positive. They have been accommodated in New Medicine and Neurology departments. “If the number of patients increases, a special ward will be arranged,” said superintendent of MKCG MCH AK Behera.
On Tuesday, one Rudraprasad Behera of Kukudakhandi area was found positive for dengue at the MCH. Of the 11 dengue positive persons, eight have been discharged from the MCH while three others are still undergoing treatment. The local administration has also started awareness drives on dengue in the district.
■ Two girls of the village aged between five and seven died of the disease last week and among those affected, condition of three is stated to be serious
■ Due to lack of health centres and motorable roads, people depend upon quacks.