Bhubaneswar: As death toll due to diarrhoea and cholera rose to 38 on Sunday following a fresh casualty in worst-hit Rayagada district, Orissa government sent a huge quantity of medicines and disinfectants besides para-medics to KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region.
The toll which stood at 37 increased to 38 with one more person succumbing to the water-borne disease in Rayagada, official sources said here.
Similarly, the number of infected people in Rayagada district which was 609 till yesterday, increased to 660 indicating spread of the disease, they said.
Outbreak of killer cholera in the KBK region came to light three days ago with detection of Vibrio Cholera in three blocks of Rayagada district.
In a bid to check further spread of the disease, the health authorities sent life saving medicines, saline liquid, ORS, halogen tablets as well as bleaching power and other disinfectants in two trucks, sources said.
The monetary incentive for taking patients to hospital for treatment during night was increased to Rs 200 from Rs 100, said Health and Family Welfare Secretary Anu Garg after reviewing the situation.
As contaminated water was the main cause behind spread of diarrhoea and cholera in the KBK region, steps were taken to purify water sources including springs and ditches from where the tribals get drinking water.
So far, 102 villages in Kashipur, Kalyansinghpur and Bissam Katak blcoks of Rayagada have been hit by diarrhoea and cholera, they said adding altogether 20 temporary medical camps were set up to treat the patients.