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Mobile health unit deployed to check jaundice outbreak

Jamshedpur, Aug. 14: The district health department has set up a mobile health unit at Dhatkidih, an area hit by outbreak of jaundice. The health department has joined hands with Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) for deployment of the mobile health unit to facilitate on the spot free health check up of patients in the densely populated residential locality. More than 300 jaundice cases have been reported here since July last week.

As per the plans, the mobile health unit provided by TSRDS will be moving in different alleys of the Dhatkidih locality and checking patients with jaundice like symptoms free of cost and referring them to either Sadar Hospital (in Khasmahal) or MGM Hospital (Sakchi) for better treatment.

The six member mobile health unit is led by two general physicians, Dr Cecil Kandulna and Dr Rupayan Kapri. Health department has also asked the mobile health unit staff to spread awareness on symptoms and causes of jaundice.

An official in the department said that the symptoms of the disease could be noticed and the incidence of the disease could be reported only 20-25 days after the affected people were infected with it. It could be easily passed off as food poisoning too. It was difficult to get the exact data of the affected population if people are infected during public functions.

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