Odisha

Health Minister Points Finger At Shutdown Industries For Dengue Outbreak

**Bhubaneswar**: When dengue outbreak is showing no sign of subsiding in mineral-rich Keonhjar district, the Health Minister said the dysfunctional industrial units are paving the way for the vector-borne disease.

Holding a review meeting at the State Secretariat here, the Minister said the closed down industrial units at Jagatpur area in Cuttack are helping the menace to spread in the Millennium City.

“So far 1109 dengue positive cases have been reported and 164 patients were admitted to various hospitals including 127 at SCB Medical College and Hospital,” said Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak.

Around 30 persons have already been fully cured, Nayak informed.

When asked what steps the government has taken, the Minister said they have provided equipment and other facilities including testing machines to various hospitals.

Special wards have been put up at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Capital hospital and Barbil and Keonjhar hospitals to provide immediate treatments to the patients, he informed.

He also added that the Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO), Cuttack Collector and some industries including Pepsi have been asked to start cleaning works in Jagatpur area to control the disease.

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