Even as dengue cases are rising throughout the State, district authorities here are yet to wake up to the problem despite the fact that the disease had claimed 25 lives here in 2011.
Even as authorities claimed that sensitisation programmes on dengue have been launched, very little is being done in this regard at the grassroot level.
Sources said no mass awareness campaign, cleaning drive or even de-fogging has been taken up yet even as 15 dengue cases have already been reported in the district this year. Unofficially, the number is more than 20.
Of the affected persons, one is a nurse of MCL Central Hospital Manjushree Sahu, who has been shifted to Bhubaneswar for treatment.
Last week, Banita Sahu of Bond area was tested positive for dengue at SCB Medical in Cuttack. Two case were reported from Bhusan Steel Plant area where sanitation work is almost non-existent. Talcher-Angul industrial belt was the epicentre of dengue outbreak in 2011 and maximum number of dengue deaths in the State were reported from this area.
In Talcher, colliery colonies and municipal areas are replete with garbage heaps, chocked drains and unwanted vegetation. Similar is the situation in Angul.
“Government officials are indifferent to the dengue scare, notwithstanding the fact that disease had taken epidemic form two years back.
We will keep our surroundings clean, but what about the overflowing drains and stagnant water sources which are breeding ground for the mosquitoes,” said a local, adding that unless immediate measures are taken, the disease will spread.
Executive Officer of Angul Municipality Padmanav Nayak said all measures will be taken to prevent outbreak of the disease. Chief District Medical Officer of Angul CR Nayak said the sensitisation programme on dengue is being carried out now and efforts are on to keep surroundings clean.
A dengue cell has been formed in the MCL Central Hospital to treat dengue patients.