BHAWANIPATNA: AT least 21 persons have been affected by jaundice in Bahadur Bagichapada area under Ward 6 of Bhawanipatna Municipality since Sunday. A health team is camping in the area and medication has been provided to the affected persons. Blood samples have been collected from the patients for test at the State laboratory in Bhubaneswar.
Consumption of unclean water is being attributed as the reason behind the outbreak. With drinking water becoming scarce during summer, many residing in slum areas depend on ponds for drinking water. However, many of these water bodies are filled with garbage.
Those who are covered under piped water supply project alleged that pipelines in many areas of the town have not been repaired. Many of the damaged and leaking pipelines pass through drains, thereby contaminating the water.
On Monday, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) officials stopped water supply to areas where pipelines are damaged and decided to supply clean water through tankers.
Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO), Brajakishore Brahma said the type of jaundice can be ascertained only after report from the State laboratory is received. The municipality authorities have been asked to take up sanitation drive throughout the town, he added.
Sanitation has been a pressing issue in Bhawanipatna town. Garbage from localities is not cleaned at regular intervals. Water bodies at Puruswatam Sagar and Nuabandh have turned into garbage dumping yards.