Odisha health dept join hands with other dept to fight dengue

The Health and Family Welfare department has sought active cooperation from industries, steel and mines, home and housing and urban development departments to tackle the vector-borne disease.

PTI| Updated: Sep 06, 2014, 20:13 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With more cases of dengue reported from industrial areas in Odisha, the Health and Family Welfare department today sought active cooperation from industries, steel and mines, home and housing and urban development departments to tackle the vector-borne disease.

The decision to seek cooperation from other departments was taken at a review meeting chaired by Health and Family Welfare Secretary Arti Ahuja.

Though two persons have succumbed to dengue in the state by August end, as many as 932 persons have tested positive to dengue virus out of 3952 blood samples tested in the state, Ahuja said quoting department's report.

Of the 932 cases of dengue, 400 cases were reported from Jaipur district with majority reported from Kalinga Nagar industrial estate area, the report said.

"A special medical team have rushed to Kalinga Nagar area to take measures for checking spread of the dengue," Ahuja said adding that a close watch is in place in other industrial areas of Angul, Dhenkanal, Sundergarh and other districts.

Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu S Nayak said that elaborate arrangement has been made for the treatment of dengue patients at S C B Medical College Hospital in Cuttack where 177 patients were being treated. "Six dengue patients are in the ICU," the minister said.

Nayak said the state government has already issued direction for deployment of more number of doctors, nurses and para-medical staff at SCB Medical College Hospital and other places for treatment of dengue cases. Free of cost blood test facility is also available at different government hospitals, the minister said.

The Health department has also activated its state Integrated Disease Surveillance Cell to keep watch on the spread of water borne disease like diarrhoea.

At least 16 persons have died of diarrhoea by end of August out of 1716 persons afflicted by the water borne disease. The department, however, claimed that the number of casualty due to diarrhoea is on decline trend over the years.

While 29 persons had died of diarrhoea last year (2013), the casualty figure remained at 59 each in the corresponding years of 2011 and 2012.