Mrunal Manmay Dash

Following the confirmation of Cholera outbreak in Rourkela, Odisha Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra and Health Secretary Shalini Pandit will visit the steel city today to review the situation on ground.

Speaking to reporters, Mishra said, “Sufficient amount of halogen tablets and ORS pouches are being supplied to the affected areas. I along with the Health Secretary will visit Rourkela today to take stock of the situation there.”

As per reports, 18 out of 39 water samples sent to lab for testing came out as infected with Vibrio Cholera bacteria.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner had assured that that the health situation in the Steel city is under control and normalcy will return in 2-3 days of time.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too reviewed the health situation in Rourkela on Tuesday directing the health officials to keep a vigil on the situation.

While the government claims six deaths due to diarrhoea in Rourkela till now, reports suggest at least 10 deaths due to cholera and more than 1000 infected.

While the government claimed to have taken all the required steps to stop spreading of this deadly disease, health experts suggest awareness of people is the most efficient way to control it.

Speaking about cholera, health expert Jayant Das said, “In the past, cholera outbreaks had killed thousands of people in just a span of few days. A bacteria is behind the disease which transmit through water and infects the food pipe of people. Not only the food pipe, it can also infect the stomach, liver and pancrease. If left untreated, it can cause deaths in just a few days.”

Personal and environmental hygiene is the most important thing to keep the bacteria away from humans. People should drink water only after boiling it for a long time. It is unfortunate that the disease has managed to spread in a developed area like Rourkela,” Panda added.