Pradeep Pattanayak

At a time when the diarrhoea situation in Hirakud is said to be still grim with more patients being admitted to the Hirakud Community Health Centre (CHC), a two-member medical team reached the place on Sunday to take stock of the situation. 

After reaching Hirakud, the team visited Hirakud CHC to take stock of the situation and carry out tests of collected water samples.

Meanwhile, the residents expressed concerns about the condition of the drinking water pipes laid out by the Public Health Department.

While the pipes have developed cracks and are leaking at some places, in other places the pipe points are found to be submerged in drain water, informed sources.

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While around 150 people have so far been affected, the disease has reportedly claimed one life so far. However, the district administration is yet to confirm the death.
“As per the preliminary data that we have gathered, approximately 170 persons are affected and 15 of them have been shifted to VIMSAR, Burla as their condition deteriorated. As of now, 12 patients are undergoing treatment at Hirakud Community Health Centre (CHC),” said Dr Surajit Garabadu, one of the health team members.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has written a letter to the Union Health Minister requesting him to send a central team to Hirakud, to find out the reason behind the outbreak and create massive awareness for its eradication.

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