Jaundice returns to haunt Cuttack again

Cuttack: Jaundice has been spreading its wings in the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) ward no 26 and Kathagada Sahi in the city triggering panic among locals.

According to sources, while the disease was prevalent in Jobra and Nuapada areas during the previous years, this year it has surfaced in newer areas like Kathagada Sahi.

“We are receiving contaminated water for the last 3-4 months. Sometimes it has black particles and dirt in it. I have not received medicines from officials except 3-4 ORS packets,” said Saroj Mohapatra, a resident of Kathagada Sahi.

“The nearby drains were dug sometime ago and we are receiving dirty water. We have lodged complaints with the officials,” said Rakesh Sahoo, another local.

Resentment has surfaced among the residents of Kathagada Sahi who even gheraoed the PHD officials and demanded remedial measures.

Following protests, the CMC health division and PHD officials have made visits to the affected areas and collected water samples.

Sushant Ghadei, Executive Engineer, PHD department, said “There are many places where the pipelines pass through the drains. People who have taken new connections have left the old ones open, leading to contamination. Also, unauthorised connections have left the mouth of the pipelines exposed.”

“We are trying to find pipelines inside the drains. We are now inspecting the pipelines and individual household connections through squads. If we find any open ends, we will plug the connections, repair and then reconnect it back to the new pipeline,” Ghadei added.

District Collector, Aravind Agrawal has also ordered both the CMC and PHD to take up repair of old pipelines while also organising health camps and awareness campaigns.

“The CMC and PHD have been directed to undertake necessary inspection. A team of doctors has also been sent to the area. Necessary measures like cleaning, bleaching, drinking water issues have been examined and now the situation is under control. We are also trying to curtail open defecation which will help is controlling the situation,” said Agrawal.