Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Jaundice is gradually spreading its tentacles in Cuttack. Following repeated telecasts of the news in various sections of media, the district administration seems to have woken up from its deep slumber of late.

It has been alleged that following resentments among the local residents about the lackadaisical attitude of the administration in curbing the contaminated disease, the Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO) has changed the old water supply pipes with new ones on a war footing overnight.

Earlier, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioner, Health Department and WATCO officials visited the jaundice-affected areas in the Millennium City to take stock of the situation. Awareness about how to remain free from the disease was also spread through mike.

Meanwhile, the local residents expressed resentment following the announcement by the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) that only 11 people have been affected by jaundice in Cuttack. The denizens have raised questions over the ‘erroneous’ statement and intention of the administration. 

“Only 11 out of 56 people are currently suffering from jaundice and they are under treatment. The main cause behind the disease is water. We have examined water samples and come to know that water has been contaminated in some places causing the disease. We have informed WATCO in this regard and appropriate steps have been taken. We are hopeful that the disease will be curbed soon,” said Cuttack CDMO Makaranda Beura.

“We are testing samples in all the areas of the city. There are also chances of contamination from panipuri, lassi and contaminated water used in other shops,” said WATCO General Manager, Debabrata Mohanty.

As per the locals, the disease has affected most parts of the city and more than 70 people have been affected by it so far. The denizens have further raised questions on the intention of the administration in suppressing the facts regarding the number of patients affected by the disease.

As per the allegation of the local residents, jaundice has posed a health risk for the people as the administration repeatedly turned deaf ears to the request of the people to curb the spread of the disease which was at its earlier stage two months back.

“As many as 60 to 70 persons have been affected by jaundice in our area. However, as per CMC fact, only five persons have been affected here. We don’t know why facts are being hidden. CMC might have been hiding facts due to the upcoming election,” said a local resident.

“Though we had been requesting the administration to take necessary measures to curb jaundice for the last two months, they didn’t pay any attention to our pleas. Now, they seem to have woken up from their deep slumber as things have gone out of control,” said another local resident.