Odisha Health Minister reviews diphtheria, jaundice and JE outbreak

Meanwhile in Angul, the minister said investigation is underway into the death of two children due to suspected JE.
Due to diphtheria, jaundice and JE outbreak, the districts are put on alert.
Due to diphtheria, jaundice and JE outbreak, the districts are put on alert.

BHUBANESWAR: Amid outbreak of diphtheria, jaundice and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in different parts of the state, Health and Family Welfare minister Mukesh Mahaling on Monday chaired a meeting with officials and collectors of Rayagada, Sambalpur and Angul districts, to take stock of the situation.

Mahaling asked the authorities of the department and district administrations to increase health surveillance and stressed the need of safe drinking water in the affected areas. He also emphasised on ensuring motorable roads to villages of the affected areas for better healthcare service.

Reviewing the situation in Rayagada where there has been an outbreak of diphtheria, the health minister said the infection has been detected in four villages located in a triangular region of Kalahandi, Rayagada and Koraput. The disease has reportedly claimed six lives so far including that of a 10-year-old boy on June 20. Mahaling, however, said no diphtheria cases have been reported from the affected localities in the last 10 days. “A high-level team is on the field to take stock of the situation and the district administrations concerned have been asked to ensure supply of safe drinking water,” he said.

Regarding Sambalpur where 82 cases of jaundice have been reported so far, Mahaling said both Health department and district administration have been keeping a close watch on the situation. In vulnerable areas like Kumarpada, Kalibadi and Sunapali, Watco and Sambalpur Municipal Corporation have been asked to ensure piped water connection is checked and restored and safe drinking water provided. “If needed, I will pay visit and discuss the matter with the district administration for necessary measures to prevent spread of the disease,” he said.

Meanwhile in Angul, the minister said investigation is underway into the death of two children due to suspected JE. “Though it hasn’t been confirmed yet, the situation is under control and there has been no detection of further spread of the infection,” he said.

Public Health director Dr Nilakantha Mishra, who was present in the meeting, ruled out spread of unknown disease in Narayanpatna block of Koraput. “As per initial findings, it appears to be the case of chicken pox. No deaths have been reported so far,” he added.

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