Diarrhoea kills nine in Orissa’s tribal village

May 6th, 2009 - 7:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Raelpeta, Rayagada (Orissa), May 6 (ANI): At least nine people have died of diarrhoea in a tribal village of Raelpeta in Orissa’s Rayagada district.The villagers complain that lack of basic amenities like drinking water, food, roads, transportation and medical centre have added to their woes.

“Nine people have died in our village due to diarrhoea within a week. We don’t have any facility like a proper road and transportation. Even the basic amenities like food and drinking water are not available to us. We are also not getting any work,” said Hiramani, a villager.

There is no medical facility available in the vicinity of the village. The public heath center is far away in Sunger village. Lack of transportation makes it difficult for villagers to reach Sunger.

However, the medical authorities claim that the situation is under control.

“Now, the situation in Raelpeta is under control. In the last four days, our medical team has visited the village to take stalk of the situation there. We have done a medical check up of villagers and have taken all necessary steps. We had taken the blood samples of 27 villagers and found one villager to be infected with malaria. We have given chlorine medicine to all these mvillagers,” said Surendra Kumar Rath, medical officer, Kashipur.

In the past too, diarrhoea has broken out in Raelpeta. (ANI)

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