BALANGIR:One M Jagadamba (45) of Sudpara in Balangir died of jaundice on Saturday morning. She died while being taken to Visakhapatnam from the VSS Medical.
This is the second jaundice death in Balangir town this week. Rakesh Naik, also of Sudpara area, had died of jaundice at the VSS Medical in Burla on Thursday night.
He was initially undergoing treatment at the Balangir Hospital, but had to be shifted to VSS Medical a few days back when his condition deteriorated.
At present, five persons are undergoing treatment in the Balangir Hospital for jaundice and as many as 70 affected persons have been identified. Most of the affected persons belong to Sudpara, Tikrapara and Malpara areas.
Speaking to mediapersons, Additional District Medical Officer (Public Health) Usharani Dash said six medical teams have been deployed in the affected areas of the town to detect jaundice patients and admit them to Balangir Hospital.
The local administration has decided to open camps at the District Headquarters Hospital where people can test for jaundice free of cost.
The administration is already conducting door-to-door screening of people for the disease.