The taluka town of Sankheda remained gripped under the attack of the cholera virus on Thursday, a day after the death toll went up to two.
On Thursday, more residents approached the medical teams, stationed in the town, for aid with as many as 20 more residents being administered the treatment for vibrio cholera. As the referral hospital remained packed with the patients already receiving treatment, many affected residents were provided with medical assistance inside the premises of the Taluka Panchayat office.
Vaishali Parmar, Block Health Officer, Sankheda said, “We have received 18 fresh cases of patients complaining of severe vomiting and diarrhoea on Thursday. They have been given the necessary treatment and the situation is under control. The water tank has been emptied and the supply discontinued. We are providing drinking water via tankers to the homes to prevent spread of disease from the traces of the bacteria that could remain in the pipelines.”
Meanwhile, Jayadrithsinh Parmar, Minister for Roads and Buildings and the guardian minister for Chhota Udepur, visited Sankheda to “take stock” of the situation. Parmar visited the referral hospital to meet the patients, but “skipped” a visit in the neighbourhood to condole the death of Ishtiyaq Hussain Belkim (28) and Ramila Tadvi (35) who passed away on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Addressing reporters outside the referral hospital, Parmar expressed sadness at the death of two residents and said, “The CM is extremely concerned about the situation here and is very serious about taking measures to correct this problem.”