Diarrhoea outbreak in MP continues, toll reaches 27

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 18:19 IST
Patients queue outside JP hospital in Bhopal on Saturday. Government hospitals in Bhopal are tending to more than 300 patients, suffering from diarrhoea, everyday. (Chandresh Mathur/HT photyo)

One person in Satna died due to diarrhoea on Saturday taking the death toll to 27 in Madhya Pradesh, health officials said.

Government hospitals in the state capital are getting more than 300 patients, suffering from diarrhoea, everyday, said chief medical and health officer of Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha.

“The problem is mainly arising due to contaminated water. After floods, the situation is getting worse. We have advised patients to take caution while consuming outside food and water,” Sinha said.

Jabalpur chief medical and health officer Dr Murli Agrawal said two women -- Bhagwati Bai (75) and Bako Bai (70) -- of Mehgaon village died late on Friday night. The villagers were drinking water drawn from a well as the water supply through pipelines was disrupted due to erratic power supply.

On Friday, 13-year-old Jyoti Ahirwar, a resident of the village hostel in Navgaon, Chattarpur, died due to diarrhoea. She had complained of stomach ache, vomiting and loose motions.

Ten prisoners of Chhatarpur district Jail were admitted at Chhatarpur district hospital on Thursday after complaining of severe loose motions and vomiting.

Local sources said there are many others suffering from diarrhoea in the jail due to consumption of unhygienic food and drinking polluted water.

There are 300 prisoners including under-trials inside the jail who have only two bore-wells and one hand pump to fulfill their water needs.

Jailer MS Maravi said, “Due to polluted water because of floods, some prisoners were having viral fever and some complained of loose motions and vomiting, so they were sent to the district hospital for treatment. The situation is now under control.”

To combat the disease outbreak, the government had launched the Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF ) at JP Hospital on Monday. Inaugurating the initiative, health minister Rustam Singh said the “target is to make zinc tablets available to one crore children.”

Recent cases of diarrhoea

July 10: Four persons die, more than 40 people fall sick in Dindori

July 3: Four people die and over two dozen fall sick in Hoshangabad district.

July 1: Two persons die in Chhattarpur and over a 100 have fallen sick with symptoms of loose motions and vomiting in the last one week.

June 28: Two die in Barwani including an infant

Ju ne 11: Four tribals, including a 7-year-old boy, die. More than 200 people fall sick after drinking contaminated water from a well in a village in Betul.

May 11: 36 people suffer from diarrhoea in Morena after drinking contaminated water from a village well

May 10: Three dozen people fall ill in Gwalior after drinking contaminated water from a local bore-well.

How to stay protected

Three or more watery stools in a day denotes diarrhoea. Such conditions may cause dehydration which is dangerous.

ORS along with Zinc should be initiated at the onset of diarrhoea and continued till the child fully recovers.

Zinc tablets help in prevention and management of diarrhoea. Zinc tablets to be continued for 14 days even if diarrhoea stops to prevent further episodes. However, Zinc tablets should not be given to infants under 2 months in age.

It is important to continue feeding breast milk to infants less than 6 months. Age-appropriate feeding of breast-milk, semi-solid and solid foods to children between 6 months and 5 years during and beyond the diarrhoeal episode as regular diet.

(*Anil Gulati and Vandana Sharma, UNICEF)

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