STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE     
Baripada, 26 July
Panic gripped Moroda block of Mayurbhanj district with at least 20 villagers, including five children, getting affected with jaundice in the last couple of days.
The situation is said to be grim in Dehuri Sahi under Palasmunduli village. Consumption of contaminated water is said to be the cause behind the outbreak of the disease. “At least 20 villagers are suffering from the disease and the number of patients may go up if urgent steps are not taken. A group of villagers has met the senior health officials seeking immediate action,” said social activist Mr Narasingha Barik.
Meanwhile, it is alleged that the field-level officials of the health department failed to provide necessary service to the affect ted people. “No senior officer has yet visited us. When we went to the local public health centre (PHC), its staff asked us to rush the patients to the district hospital. Condition of many patients has worsened,” said a villager, wishing not to be named.
Chief District Medical Officer Chandan Murmu dismissed the charges. “A team of doctors and other medical staff from the district hospital has rushed to the affected village, while the staff of Moroda PHC have also been asked to move to the affected area. Our staff have collected blood samples which will be sent for testing,” he said.
The team has also collected drinking water samples to ascertain their qualities.
“We are taking steps to check further spread of the disease. I am collecting report of the health condition of the patients from time to time. We are also keeping a watch on the condition of those who are undergoing treatment at home. We will bring them to hospital if their condition deteriorates,” the CDMO said.