Rayagada, July 25: The Cholera outbreak in the Kashipur block of Odisha’s Rayagada district is showing no signs of slowing down as the new infections have surged in the last 24 hours and 68 patients got admitted to different hospitals.
The disease has spread to at least 22 villages in the Kashipur block. While 252 persons have been diagnosed with the deadly disease, at least nine persons have lost their lives so far.
Keeping in mind the current scenario, it is being suspected that widespread disease is heading towards a pandemic. As per reports, the health experts have also accepted the same.
Despite several efforts by the health department, the situation is still out of control. The situation is grim in several villages in Tikiri, Sankarada, and Dudukabahal panchayats in the block.
Earlier, the local villagers had brought the matter to the notice of legislators and had alleged that inadequate medical assistance and scarcity of doctors is the reason behind the rising cases of Cholera in the locality.
Following this, the health department has set up camps at as many as seven places and deployed eight mobile health care teams, which are monitoring the situation in the affected areas, to give check on the Cholera outbreak. Similarly, para-medical staffers from other parts of the district are also deployed in the affected villages.
The mobile health care teams have provided treatment to patients. The infections are likely to witness an upward trend as rainfall is continuing in the area for the last three days.
Notably, similar Cholera outbreaks had haunted the Kashipur block in 2007 and 2010 in which hundreds of people had lost their lives and over a thousand had got infected.