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Ghogalgaon: Jal satyagrahis suspend agitation, admitted at district hospital

bhopal Updated: May 12, 2015 22:01 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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As soon as 75-odd farmers suspended their jal satyagraha (agitation), more than two dozen ambulances reached Ghogalgaon village in Khandwa to treat them.

Farmers standing in waist-deep waters of the Omkareshwar dam backwater on Narmada river since April 11, seeking proper rehabilitation and land-for-land have developed skin disorders and other ailments.

Without losing a single minute, they were taken to district hospital at Khandwa.

After standing long time, farmers started complaining - fungal infection, skin infection and cellulitis (swelling in foot).

Some satyagrahis are badly affected from "washerwoman-foot disease" which results in skin dissolution and fungal infection.

The situation could go from bad to worse as satyagrahis can be badly affected in future because when skin comes in continuous contact with water, thromboembolism develops, which can be harmful for heart and lead to heart related diseases.

When contacted Khandwa chief medical and health officer (CMHO) RC Panika, officer claimed that all of them were admitted at the district hospital after they called-off their agitation.

"We have admitted all the jal satyagrahis, as we don't want to take any chance with their health," CMHO said.

Panika admitted condition of few farmers is very bad as ulcer was developed in their foot and they need to remain in doctor's observation for next one week.