There is no end in sight to diarrhoea which has claimed more than 40 lives in Mandla district in the past month taking the death toll in the state to over 60, said health officials.
State health minister Rustam Singh on Sunday night called an emergency meeting to discuss about preventive measures of diarrhoea and the increasing number of cases.
Mandla is the home district of Union minister of health and family welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste. Remote tribal areas like Gunghri, Bichiya, Mehgaon, Mungwani in Mandla are the worst hit.
“Prinicipal secretary of health Gauri Singh recently visited the district to check on the situation here. Things are under control now. Though, over the past month, the situation worsened in the state,” said chief medical and health officer (CMHO) in Mandla KC Meshram.
“A drive to purify water from hand-pumps is being conducted in every block while government hospitals have been equipped with essential medicines. ORS is being distributed in the affected areas,” he added.
According to health officials, more than 500 people are at present admitted to various hospitals of the district with diarrhoea symptoms.
Health experts say that post floods, contaminated water wreaked havoc in the state bringing with it diseases like diarrheoa and cholera.
In Sheopur, 17 people died in over a month after complaining of loose motions and vomiting.
The state capital is getting around 200- 300 patients suffering from diarrhoea everyday in government hospitals, confirmed CMHO in Bhopal Dr Veena Sinha.