Jagatsinghpur, May 5 (LocalWire): About 11 lakh villagers of 1308 villages under 198 panchyat of Jagatsinghpur district who have been severely affected by the cyclone are still waiting for relief to reach them.
Neither government officials nor any health team has yet reached these villages even after three days of the cyclone and they are waiting for drinking water, relief, health facilities and power supply to be restored.
Nearly 3.28 lakh cattle and 1.30 lakh goats and sheep have also been severely affected.
About 92,326 cyclone affected people have taken refuge in 396 cyclone shelters where free kitchen have been given to 76331 affected people so far.
Due to heat wave and living in the open, people are suffering from skin diseases in many villages.
Majority of the ponds in Jagatsinghpur district have been polluted and people are being forced to use the contaminated water.
People complained that CESU has not yet restored power to a single village after three days of cyclone and due to the negligence and callous attitude of the officials people are facing lot of difficulties.
Kaillash Biswal, Shyamsundar Rout, Subash Biswal, Nrusnigh Senapati, Bhamar Rout and others of Raghunathpur area said ‘they are living in pathetic condition after their kutcha and asbestos houses were damaged. No official has yet visited them or their adjoining villages to provide relief materials or collect information during the cyclone and post cyclone period’.
Collector Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar who monitored the health problems of people said one mobile health unit has been sent to each block.
In each unit, there is one Ayush doctor, one pharmacist and ANM who have been pressed into service.
Experts and seniors professionals from Indian Institute of Public Health with the assistance of district health officials will monitor health service to the affected people.
Meanwhile, administration has sought the intervention of the state government to provide health services with the help of government-sponsored schemes like Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, National Health Mission, Rastryia Swasthya Bima Yojana, Rastriya Bal Surkhya Swastya Kalyan Yojana, Niramya Yojana.
Asha workers are disinfecting the water bodies to avert any health problems. They are also conducting door to door visits to supply ORS, halogen tablets and essential medicine kits to affected people. Health camps will be conducted in different locations to provide health services to affected people.