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Odisha Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra once again sounded an alert over possible outbreak of water-borne diseases. He said there is a possibility that incessant rainfall may trigger a fresh spike in cholera and diarrhoea cases.
Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra said there is a possibility that incessant rainfall may trigger a fresh spike in cholera and diarrhoea cases.
According to the minister, the first outbreak of diarrhoea was in Kashipur block of Rayagada district on July 13, and till now, 159 persons of 11 villages spread over 5 panchayats in the block were infected with the disease, of which 10 died.
People have been advised not to use contaminated water from open sources and only drink boiled water.
Sources said Majhi was affected by diarrhoea two days back. He was under treatment at Nandahandi community health centre (CHC). However, he succumbed during the treatment on Saturday.
Mishra has directed the health workers to ensure proper food for the tribal children, proper sanitation and awareness in the villages. He said steps are being taken to rehabilitate the tribal students to nutrition rehabilitation centres and also stressed on intake of boiled water.
A team of the Health department visited the affected villages to take stock of the situation.
Locals suspect the victims to have suffered food poisoning after consuming prasad during a temple feast in the area.
The government has admitted that many of the single doctor hospitals in the state are managed by the pharmacists in absence of doctors due to some reason or other and so it has come up with a formal order to allow pharmacists to treat certain ailments in absence of doctors.
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