April 14, 2009 10:02:40 pm
The number of jaundice patients in the Hiravadi area of Thakkarbanagar in the northern party of the city touched 260 on Monday. Twenty six blood samples were collected and sent to the NHL Medical College for examination. But the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporations (AMCs) health department has been unable to pin down the exact cause of the outbreak,though it suspended Deputy Health Officer Manish Fancy on Saturday,for his inaction to prevent its spread.
The number of affected continues to rise and now a departmental inquiry has been ordered against Fancy.
The department wrapped up its door-to-door survey covering entire Thakkarbanagar on Monday. Fourteen teams were pressed into service in this regard,said officials.
Meanwhile,officials have started the supply of bore-well water in the area. The outbreak has been ascribed to water contamination due to leakages in the pipeline,but the exact reason is still being investigated and the respective departments are taking actions accordingly,said Medical Officer Suhas Kulkarni.
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This is the first case of jaundice to be reported in the area while officials of the AMCs heath department slept over the reports of the outbreak spreading over a wider area,earlier. Incidentally,the residents have complained of the breakage in the storm water pipeline in the area,which led to the outbreak of jaundice. But the health department hardly took notice of it though over 100 cases were reported in a week.
A survey had been carried out in the area last week and widespread jaundice cases were discovered,but no further action was initiated.
Kulkarni said: After the first few cases were reported,the department conducted a survey of the affected area,but an extensive survey that was planned,got delayed. Thats why the outbreak could not be arrested in time.
At present,over 90 per cent of the cases are being treated at home. On its part,the AMC is distributing chlorine tablets,besides collecting the blood samples.
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