The number of jaundice patients at Jharana Basti near the chief minister's residence under ward 53 of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) touched 50 on Sunday. It was 38 till Saturday. A medical team visited the slum early on Sunday and found 12 fresh cases of the water-borne disease.
The BMC had organized a screening camp at the slum to detect jaundice patients. More than 116 people visited the camp. A two-member medical team, comprising a paediatrician and a medicine specialist, conducted tests in the camp in the presence of capital hospital superintendent Dr Binod Mishra and additional district medical officer of the state public health department, Dr Deben Das.
The team collected urine samples of 47 persons and conducted liver functioning tests of 38 of them. After the tests, twelve people were found to have tested positive for jaundice. Four persons, including a pregnant woman, were admitted in capital hospital for immediate treatment, said Dr Das.
Later, the staff of public health engineering organization (PHEO) tested 21 water samples of the slum. Bhubaneswar mayor AN Jena took stock of the situation along with local corporator and local leaders of the area. Jaundice cases have been on the rise in the slum. As many as 18 cases had been reported on April 7, but it increased to 26 on Friday, 38 on Saturday and touched the 50 mark on Sunday.
Till now the jaundice scare had gripped the people of Damana village and Jharana Basti, but it has created fear among the slum dwellers of Kargil Basti under ward 62 of the BMC after a few cases detected on Saturday. Though official sources kept the number at two on Sunday, six people have been allegedly contracted to the disease.