Bhubaneswar, Feb 19: In another development, 80 policemen have been affected by deadly jaundice virus in Odisha capital. While Swine Flu is taking its wings across the country claiming over 700 lives, jaundice played havoc in Odisha.
After Sambalpur and Cuttack, the deadly water-borne disease now seems to create panic among the locals in Bhubaneswar. The affected cops belong to Reserve Police Barrack located opposite of the Kalinga Stadium in the city.
The ailing policemen are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the city.
According to reports, nearly 600 policemen are staying at the barrack, which has more than 15 sumps at the premises and over 50 water tanks on the roof of the quarters. The water tanks and sumps are reportedly not cleaned for several weeks for which the policemen were affected by the disease.
Meanwhile, Twin City Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma visited the Reserve Police Barrack soon after the news aired in media. He asked the jawans and security personnel to take precautions and ordered the Public Health department to replace the old and damaged water tanks, pipes and repair the toilets of the staff quarters at the premises.
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