Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Update on Diarrhoea in Odisha, India.

Diarrhoea outbreak: 73 affected in Salepur

Express News Service First Published : 30 Jan 2011

SALEPUR: As many as 73 people have been affected by diarrhoea in Baselikata village under Narasinghpur block. Nonofficial sources, however, put the figure at more than 150.

Receiving information, a fourmember medical team rushed to the village and set up a medical camp.

Today, another eight patients were admitted to the temporary medical camp and one of them was shifted to Athagarh subdivisional hospital after his condition deteriorated.

Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Manorama Dei also rushed to the village and took stock of the situation. She attributed the outbreak to consumption of contaminated water and said the situation has been brought under control and there is no fear of epidemic. She added that medical officials have been kept on alert and required medicines stocked to contain the disease. RWSS authorities have also started disinfecting all water sources in the village.

Source: New Indian Express, 30 Jan 2011

Five die of diarrhoea in Orissa

PTI, Jan 4, 2011,

BHUBANESWAR: At least five persons, including three children and a woman, have died of diarrhoea in two districts of Orissa within the last 24 hours, officials said.

While two adults, including a woman, died in the coastal Puri district, three tribal children succumbed to the water-borne disease in the tribal-dominated Nabarangapur district.

The deceased in Puri district were identified as Rupai Pradhan (75) of Tenthapur and Kumar Bhoi (45) of Bir Balabhadrapur village, Narahari Maharana, the chief district medical officer (CDMO) at Puri said.

A report from Nabarangpur said that Phul Kumar Bhotra (8), Manindra Bhotra (10) and Monobadha Bhotra (12) of Purla village under Jharigaon block of the district suddenly fell ill and three of them died last night.

More than 200 people have been affected by the disease, Maharana said.

Three medical teams along with adequate medicines have been sent to the affected villages under Puri Sadar area, he said.
Another 13 persons, including 4 women and 2 children, were suffering from the disease and admitted at a government hospital at Umerkote, where their condition is stated to be serious, officials said.

Source: Times of India, 4th January 2011


Orissa has 183 diarrhoea deaths in 2010

Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 : Diarrhoea and other water borne diseases have killed 183 people in Orissa since January this year, state Health Minister Prasanna Acharya said Thursday.

The highest number of 123 deaths were reported from seven districts of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati, Nuapada, Nabrangpur, Ganjam and Malkangiri. The remaining 60 deaths were reported from other parts of the state, Acharya told the state assembly.

The state government took prompt and appropriate measures immediately after the outbreak, Acharya said while replying to an adjournment motion in the assembly on the issue.

He said the government is preparing a long term comprehensive action plan, which would help prevent deaths by diarrhoea and other water borne diseases. –IANS


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