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PMO seeks report on superbug

With a recent Lancet report claiming the presence of superbug in Delhi’s water,the Prime Minister’s Office has asked for a detailed report on the issue,sources said.

Written by Teena Thacker | New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2011 3:25:57 am

With a recent Lancet report claiming the presence of superbug in Delhi’s water,the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked for a detailed report on the issue,sources said. Even as the Union Health Ministry rejected the study claiming the presence of NDM-1 positive bacteria in the national capital’s water,a detailed report was sent to the PMO on the “present status”,“scientific view” and an assurance that the situation was being monitored. The report also claimed that there’s no need to worry as these organisms are present everywhere.

Alleging that the study was published with “wrong intentions” Dr V M Katoch,the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),said,“There is nothing to hide as these organisms are present everywhere. However,singling out India is not correct. It is not a public health problem. So,there is no need to get scared.”

In the study published online,researchers found NDM1 positive samples from public water supplies in Delhi. According to the study,“positive seepage samples were collected from both sides of the Yamuna,including locations close to the main commercial and financial district around Connaught Place. Positive samples were also collected close to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and other public areas,including Gol Market”.

Last year Lancet had disclosed the presence of superbugs in India. The ICMR has invited research proposals from scientists to study the drug resistant bacteria.

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