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Drought, floods and now diarrhoea: MP’s cup of woes

bhopal Updated: Jul 14, 2016 16:39 IST
Purvi Jain, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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People suffering from diarrhoea are swarming hospitals in the state. (Chandresh Mathur/HT photo)

First drought, then heavy rains and floods, but Madhya Pradesh’s cup of woes does not seem to end as the killer disease diarrhoea has reared its ugly head, claiming 23 lives and forcing hordes of people to swarm hospitals in the state.

At least 600 people are reported to be in serious condition due to the disease since May, while over a 1,000 have paid a visit to hospitals with complaints of fever, loose motion and vomiting over the last week.

Clean drinking water hard to find

With floods yet to recede, clean drinking water is hard to find and people are left with almost no option.

In the last one week, about 300 cases of diarrhoea were detected every single day in the government hospitals of the state capital alone.

Hospitals in Sagar witnessed an average of over a thousand OPD patients every day in the last week, of which 70% were affected with diarrhoea and gastroenteritis, civil surgeon, Dr I S Thakur told HT.

4,000 cases of diarrhoea recorded in Gwalior alone

Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme’s in-charge, Dr Sunil Agarwal told HT that from January to July, about 4,000 cases of diarrhoea were recorded in Gwalior alone.

While before the rains, drinking water was hard to come by, post floods, contaminated water is plenty in store.

During the drought, handpumps went dry in Bundelkhand whereas the Bhopal municipal corporation has received around 1,000 complaints about polluted – yellow, murky – water being supplied to them over the last week.

Dindori villagers told to drink only boiled water for next few days

The Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Dindori, said they have instructed villagers to drink only boiled water for the next few days. Health officials also said that water is being pumped out of village wells and bleaching powder was being put into the water.

To combat the disease outbreak, the Madhya Pradesh 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”.

Under the IDFC programme, zinc tablets and ORS packets will be distributed and through ASHA and USHA workers, awareness programs and workshops in different areas will be conducted to create awareness among parents on clean habits and precautions to be taken during this season.

Claims 23 lives

Diarrhoea has claimed 23 lives and is forcing hordes of people to swarm hospitals in the state.

With floods yet to recede, clean drinking water is hard to find and people are left with almost no option.

In the last one week, about 300 cases of diarrhoea were detected every single day in the government hospitals of the state capital alone.