BHUBANESWAR: Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday wrote a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik requesting him to take necessary steps to control outbreak of dengue fever in Salia Sahi, the largest slum of the state with more than one lakh population.
Pradhan in his letter mentioned that the people are threatened by the deadly disease. “Being a slum area, there are no adequate provisions of sanitation, drainage and sewer lines. Owing to these deficiencies, the dengue fever has already taken the shape of an epidemic in the slum,” the letter read.
Pradhan’s letter to Naveen came in the wake of a petition submitted by Salia Sahi Anchalika Committee citing the government’s intervention in curbing the spread of vector-borne disease.
Phadhan emphasised on the immediate development and restoration of sewerage and drainage system in Salia sahi which happens to be the largest slum of the state
Meanwhile, four new dengue positive cases were detected from the city on Monday. Out of these, two cases were reported from Salia Sahi. With this 68 dengue cases have been reported from Salia Sahi so far this year against 216 cases of the city, R K Jena, ADMO (Public Health), Bhubaneswar.
Capital Hospital sources said a total of 18 dengue patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital on Monday. Some patients were also admitted in private hospitals of the city.