Gastroenteritis claims 4 lives in Viramgam village in a week

Three persons have died of gastroenteritis in as many days at Ghoda village of Viramgam taluka in Ahmedabad district while 68 others are under medication.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 19, 2010 2:50:02 am

Three persons have died of gastroenteritis in as many days at Ghoda village of Viramgam taluka in Ahmedabad district while 68 others are under medication.

According to the district health officials camping in the village,contaminated water in the village well is the source of the outbreak.

The level of water in the well is too low and it has not been cleaned for several months,officials said,adding that a leakage in a nearby drainage line has added to the woes.

Resident Deputy Director In-charge and Chief District Health Officer (CDHO)

Dr Nilam Patel said,“A week ago,a five-year-old boy had died. In the last three days,a 70-year-old man, a 52-year-old woman and a two-year-old girl have died.”

Of the total 68 cases,22 patients are still admitted to the Viramgam Community Health Centre,said Dr Patel.

He added that the district health department has deployed a team of four medical officers and 16 paramedical staff in the affected area.

Dr Patel further said the Viramgam block medical officer has issued a notice to the village sarpanch for neglecting the damaged drainage line and not cleaning the well.

“It was the responsibility of the sarpanch to repair the drainage system and clean the well… The health team is there for the last three days. It is visiting every house to see if there is any symptom of gastroenteritis.”

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