Pradeep Pattanayak

A man, suspected to be affected with Cholera, died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital, taking the death toll as per the unofficial sources to 15 on Friday. However, the official sources claimed that the disease has so far claimed six lives in Rourkela.

The latest victim of the water-borne disease has been identified as a 44-year-old resident of Rairangpur area. He worked as a driver. He was admitted to a private hospital a few days ago, sources said.

The situation in Rourkela smart city area is going from bad to worse with each passing day. A woman, identified as Sabitri Giri, a resident of Madhusudanpali, succumbed while undergoing treatment at RGH yesterday. 

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On the other hand, Public Health Director Dr. Niranjan Mishra blamed Vibrio Cholerae and e-coli bacteria for the disease spreading its tentacles in the steel city. 

He said the situation is now stable and the number of serious patients is decreasing. 

When asked about the disparity between the official and nonofficial death figures, he said he would be able to say anything after receiving the report of the death committee. 

Meanwhile, nine mobile health teams are visiting every house in the affected 14 wards and sensitizing the people on how to keep the disease at bay.

Doctors and health workers have been deployed for round-the-clock surveillance. And, a team from RMRC, Bhubaneswar has also been stationed in Rourkela and trying to find out the cause of the outbreak.

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