Kandhamal: Panic gripped in Kukermaha village under Budaguda Panchayat in the tribal-dominated Daringbadi block as five persons have fall victim of an unknown disease.
Despite awareness against superstition, Kukermaha villagers prefer to visit a quack for treatment. Recently, an 8-year-old kid named Bishnu Prasad, son of Sabat Pradhan fell ill. His parents called for an ambulance but in vain as the calls went unanswered. Accordingly, they walked about 3 km to reach the health centre.
The unknown disease was found seven days back when one person fell ill. However, there was no on-duty doctor or even a pharmacist. Finally, a peon in the hospital attended the patient and prescribed medicine worth Rs.350. The prescribed medicines were bought and given to the patient. The medicine did not work, rather the disease aggravated.
Locals have demanded that a medical team and an ambulance should be granted on an urgent basis for the treatment of the unknown disease immediately.