14 dead as diarrhoea spreads to Bijapur

Bijapur Collector Mohammad Qaisar Haque said while six died of diarrhoea,four died of food poisoning

Written by Express News Service | Raipur | Published:August 12, 2013 3:02 am

Days after reports that nearly 20 people died of diarrhoea and related diseases in Abujhmaad region of Narayanpur district of Bastar,14 deaths were reported Sunday from neighbouring Bijapur district. According to reports,diarrhoea hit Utla,Dunga,Dodepara,Takilod and Daler villages near Indravati river under Bhairamgad block in the end of July,and 14 have died so far.

Bijapur Collector Mohammad Qaisar Haque said while six died of diarrhoea,four died of food poisoning. The victims include Podiya,Pandu,Paayku,Dashru,Lachhu Mase and Sushila. Bijapur Chief Medical Officer Devendra Nag said doctors were rushed to villages and are still in the area and the exact situation can be ascertained only after they return.

Last week,deaths were reported in Dunga and Handwada panchayats in Orchha block of Abujhmaad. Reporters claimed that at least 20 persons died. Narayanpur Collector Yashwant Kumar denied the reports. “There is no epidemic or outbreak of any disease. Ten persons died in Handawada,but they did not die in a week,but over the last two and a half months. The other deaths were routine and due to other causes,” he told The Indian Express. “As we got the reports,we immediately sent our teams inside. They crossed rivers to reach,but did not find such deaths.”

These remote villages do not have even a primary health centre,have little administrative presence and are mostly out of bounds as incessant rains have flooded even forested lanes. No journalist has been able to visit the spot so far and provide a firsthand account. Some panchayat leaders,during their visit to the district headquarters,inform about the deaths.

CM Raman Singh expressed concern. “We have sent medical teams to the spots and ordered officers to take all steps to prevent the outbreak,” Singh said.

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