Outbreak of jaundice triggers panic in Millennium city

Cuttack: Denizens of the Millennium city are in a state of panic following reports on outbreak of jaundice.

Reports said 76 persons of ward number 8, 9 and 10 have been identified with jaundice and admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital.

To take stock of the situation, Cuttack collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra and Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debasis Samantray went round the affected areas today.

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Talking to media persons later, Mishra said instructions have been given to the Public Health (PH) department to check their pipe lines, service connection lines and main distribution line and collect sample water. “I have asked the chief district medical officer (CDMO) and the PH department officials to collect at least 10-20 water samples from several points in one area of the city everyday and send them for test in separate laboratories. Both the CDMO and the PH department will submit separate reports about the condition of the drinking water after the test,” he added.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the SCB Medical College and the City Hospital have taken specific measures for treatment of jaundice patients.

Anticipating more patients as the water borne disease is most likely to spread further, the hospital authorities have put up more beds, reports added.

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