Odisha has witnessed many dengue cases this year, with 4,019 people in 28 of the state’s 30 districts affected so far. Sixty-eight new cases were detected on Wednesday.
Cuttack is the worst hit district with 1,185 cases. A majority of the cases were reported from Cuttack city.
Cuttack is followed by the coastal districts of Khurda (774), Jajpur (559) and Angul (524). The least affected districts are Kandhamal, Nowrangpur, Nuapara and Rayagara, with one case each. These districts are located in the southern and western parts of the state.
A majority of the 774 cases detected in Khurda district were reported from the state capital of Bhubaneswar.
According to official data, five people have died of dengue so far. However, unofficial sources, including NGOs working on the field, said the toll has crossed 30.
The state government has directed local administrations to open special dengue wards in the government-run district headquarters hospitals. In Sriram Chandra Bhanja (SCB) Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack city, multiple dengue wards have been opened to cope with the flow of patients from across the state.