BERHAMPUR: Diarrhoea has spread to yet another village in Ankuli panchayat under Patrapur block of Ganjam district. Despite the claim of district Health department of taking precautionary measures to contain the disease, diarrhoea continues to spread to new areas.
The disease has already claimed 10 lives and affected hundreds of others in four villages in the panchayat in the last 15 days. On Tuesday, 10 persons of Talasing village, four km from Tadakasahi, were brought to the temporary health centre at Tadakasahi.
On Sunday, 30 patients of Masanibada, Raghuballav and Gurusingtala villages were admitted to the temporary health centre at Tadakasahi under the supervision of District Malaria Officer Dr Uma Mishra. A medical team led by Dr Suresh Chandra Samant visited Gurusing village and distributed medicines. Dr Mishra said villagers are using contaminated water of a nearby stream and open wells aiding the disease to spread. Sources said no medical team has reached Tuburusing village, around 15 kms from Tadakasahi, which first reported the disease.
There are 49 villages under Ankuli panchayat including eight hamlets. After the outbreak of diarrhoea, most of the villagers deserted their homes and are staying in nearby non-affected villages.
Chief District Medical Officer Dr Niranjan Behera and Berhampur Sub-Collector Bijay Dash visited Tadakasahi on Monday. Dr Behera said three medical teams have been formed to look after affected persons in the villages.