Over 200 health centres marooned in Orissa flood

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Bhubaneswar,Oct 03 (UNI) The recent flood in the Mahanadi river system which played havoc in the entire coastal Orissa, had badly damaged nearly 200 health centres and hospitals in the state.

According to a preliminary report one each District Headquarters Hospital(DHS) and Sub-Divisional Head Hospital, 24 public health centre (PHC),67 new community health centres (CHC) and 107 health sub-centers were marooned in the flood.

The state had suffered damage to the tune of over Rs 5 crore, which included medicines and equipment worth over Rs 50 lakh, causing a setback for providing health care facility in the flood hit areas.

However, with flood water receding from many places, steps had been initiated to make all these health centres function normally.

The government has already asked the Chief District Medical Officers(CDMO) and the District Medical Officer(DMO) in the affected areas to send proposals for repair and restoration of hospitals and dispensaries.

Over 2.49 lakh people in the flood hit areas were treated for minor ailment.

Officials claimed that altogether 639 cases of severe diarrhea, 5359 dysentery and 83 snakebite cases were reported from the flood-areas. While two of them died due to diarrhoea, eight had succumbed to snake bite.

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