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JAUNDICE CLAIMS ONE LIFE IN BALANGIR Saturday, 09 May 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1
JAUNDICE CLAIMS ONE LIFE IN BALANGIR
Saturday, 09 May 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Jaundice has claimed one life in Balangir. Rakesh Nayak (22) of Sudpada of the Balangir Municipality died of the water-borne disease at the VSS Medical College, Burla on Thursday evening. Nayak had been admitted to District Headquarters Hospital here on April 25 before he was referred to the Bulra hospital two days later, said Balangir CDMO Dr RN Tripathy.
Incidentally, after a door-to-door survey by health officials, four more cases of people affected by jaundice have been detected, and the total number of people affected by the disease in Balangir has gone up to 43 from 39. “The incubation period of virus which causes jaundice is two months. We have to remain alert for a minimum next two months. Moreover, we have directed the nearby PHC to remain alert and carry out a survey with field workerss to detect jaundice cases there,” said the CDMO.
According to sources, if the water supplied for drinking is treated with bleaching powder twice, the effect of the virus is neutralised. Drinking water to Balangir town is supplied from the Mahanadi in Subarnapur district. From the lifting point at Nandanmal, raw water is pumped, and at Sibtala, the raw water is treated before it is pumped to Keserkela and Madhiapali and reaches Balangir. Meanwhile, the kits to test jaundice have arrived and are available at the District Headquarters Hospital, said the CDMO