Naveen, Pati to visit Sambalpur as Jaundice kills 21

Bhubaneswar, Dec 22: Since the outbreak of jaundice has created a panic in the western Odisha city Sambalpur, chief minister Naveen Patnaik and chief Secertary Gokul Chandra Pati will visit there on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

The decision comes after Pati reviewed the situation with Health secretary Arati Ahuja and other officials of the department.

The outbreak of Jaundice has taken epidemic proportion in Sambalpur with the death of two persons on Sunday and the death toll rose to 21. However, the official report said 17 casualties till today.

The contaminated water that was the prime factor behind the outbreak of the jaundice in the region people are advised to consume boiled water or filtered water.

Sambalpur collector Balwant Singh said all efforts are being made to curb the spread of the disease as well as provide treatment to those afflicted. He said emphasis has been laid on raising awareness levels among the people.

He claimed that the administration has taken up chlorination of water supply system and the PHED has plugged leakages and replaced pipelines wherever it was required to do so. "Every effort is being made to prevent the disease from spreading. We have made all arrangements for treatment of the affected. Raising awareness level among the people on prevention and sanitation is vital to curb the spread of the disease. We are doing that," he said.