Diarrhoea deaths in Orissa’s tribal dominated KBK districts

September 12, 2010 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Following is a report by IANS taken from Sify.com:

Diarrhoea has killed at least 136 people in Orissa since January, a health official said Thursday.

Around 34 people died in the district of Rayagada and 27 died in its neighbouring Nuapada district, the official said, adding that most of these deaths took place in August. 

Similarly, ten people each died in Nabrangpur and Keonjhar districts, nine in Ganjam, eight in Malkangiri and four in Kalahandi, he said. 

‘The deaths took place mostly due to unhygienic living conditions and consumption of contaminated water as people draw water from streams and nallas for drinking though there are tubewells,’ he said. 

Rayagada District Collector Nitin Bhanudas Jawale said around 60 diarrhoea patients are undergoing treatment in different hospitals of the district. 

‘Medical teams are camping in all vulnerable areas. There has been no death reported since past four-five days from any part of the district,’ he told IANS.

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Entry filed under: Balangir, Diarrhea death, Kalahandi, Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region, Nuapada, Odisha's health care sector, Odisha's health care sector, Region watch, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State, Subarnapur.

Drinking water for tribals of KBK districts: Photo by the Samaja Nuankhai celebration 2010: Report from Samaj

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