breakout of Water-borne diseases
Hailakandi: Following the rise in water-borne diseases in Hailakandi municipal areas and some parts of the district, the district administration has taken up awareness campaigns and preventive steps to prevent the spread of jaundice cases.
Realising the gravity of the situation, the DWSC, Public Health Engineering, Hailakandi Division, Health department and Hailakandi Municipal Board held a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss measures to deal with the spread of water-borne diseases. “So far 95 cases have been reported at the SK Roy Civil Hospital. However, we don’t know about the periphery. There could be incidents at other parts of the district. We have already taken precautionary measures.The Health Department will carry out awareness programmes in this regard ,” said Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Abed Rasul Mazumder.
With leakage of pipes detected at Ward No.1 near Paul Pharmacy, DC Office, Bata Chowrangi, Marwaripatty and other affected points under the municipal areas, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli has directed the PHE to ensure zero leakage in its water distribution network. Meanwhile, serum samples and water samples have been collected from infected households which will be sent to Silchar to find out if there is any presence of viral hepatitis. Chemical packets for purification of drinking water will be distributed by the municipal board to the ward commissioners. The administration has decided to prohibit the selling of food in the open and will carry out inspection at hotels, restaurants and tea stalls.
Unauthorized water connections will be detected and at once disconnected. The meeting decided to step up awareness among the people by bringing out rallies urging them not to drink contaminated water, to use boiled water and to store water in clean bucket and utensils. Senior officials of PHE, Municipal Board, Health department, Senior Citizens Forum, Nagorik Suraksha Mancha, Merchant Association, Hailakandi, ward commissioners and journalists were present in the discussion.
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