The Odisha unit of the Samajwadi Party has cautioned the state government against the possible spread of Zika virus in the state following such disease being detected in Gujarat. Stating that the Indian Medical Council and WHO have confirmed three Zika cases in Gujrat, Samajwadi Party state president Rabi Behera in a letter to Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena, urged him to take emergency steps for prevention against Zika Virus.
Many people from the state travel to Surat and Ahmadabad in search of jobs, more particularly the people of Ganjam district. Behera therefore claimed that Ganjam district in Odisha is more vulnerable to the disease.
“There is every possibility that the migrating people from Ganjam and other parts of the state may become the carrier of Zika virus,” Behera said.
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He said the monsoon will reach Odisha coast soon and heavy rain prediction is made by the IMD. “If immediate steps are not taken for prevention of Zika spread in Odisha, situation may aggravate,” Behera cautioned.
The party also suggested to launch massive awareness campaign at various level as people in the state hardly know about the Zika virus and its prevention. PTI AAM RG 05291509