The Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen
Patnaik has taken measures for replacing and overhauling the water supply
system following jaundice outbreak. Apparently, since May, 17 people have died
and 1,547 found infected.
Poor drainage system and damaged
water pipelines are major reasons behind the outbreak. With nearly over
two-lakh population, the town is suffering with bad sewerage systems. The water
pipelines were rusty and leaking due to which the drain water seeped into the
drinking water, which caused contamination. The Government has promised to bear
cost of examination and treatment for the jaundice affected patients.
Chief Minister's Promise:
The 100 crore announcement has been
made to establish underground piped water supply and major intermittent
watercourse that drain into Mahanadi river will be renovated. The Chief
Minister has also promised to install 500 PVC tanks so as to provide safe,
consumable drinking water.
In addition, 50 community toilets
will be built, modern sewerage and underground system will be done, Dhobjor
Nullah, Haradjor and Tangna Nullah will be renovated. Also, pumping stations
will be established to drain out flood water before next monsoon.
"Twenty-four new people were found suffering from jaundice Tuesday. The death toll due to the disease,
however, remained unchanged at 17," chief district medical officer J.K.
Samantaray told IANS.
"Since jaundice virus takes
several days for incubation, it may take some more days to control the
situation fully," the health official said.