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Dengue Havoc In Capital City

Bhubaneswar: Dengue menace in Khurda District including Capital City Bhubaneswar has created havoc among the people, who are yet to come out of the net of Covid-19 Second Wave.

As many 113 dengue cases have been detected in the Khurda district since January, of which 103 cases were identified only in this month of July, State Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra said here on Friday.

However, the situation is not worse like last year. The number of dengue cases (113) is much below than the number of dengue cases registered during the same time last year, Dr.Mishra said.  

As one has to undergo ELISA test for detection of dengue, Dr.Mishra appealed to people, who are having dengue symptoms, to go for the test only at Government-run facilities in the Khurda district.

There are four government-run testing facilities at Capital Hospital, Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), AIIMS—Bhubaneswar and District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), Khurda, the Director informed.  

These four centers are following all standard norms on dengue testing and people can avail the facility free of cost while private labs are not following the standards, he added.

So far dengue cases have been reported from Chandrasekharpur, Sailashree Vihar, Niladri Vihar, Unit-VIII, Kalpana Square and other areas of the city. The public health officials and the Bhubaneswar municipal corporation (BMC) have started taking preventive measures in the area to control the disease.

Public Health experts urged people to change the water in the air cooler, water pots and the water container behind the refrigerator every day and maintain cleanliness of the surrounding area of their houses.

Meanwhile, the State has reported 64 deaths and 2,070 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Friday. With this the total Covid-19 death cases in Odisha reached at 4925.