Seven people have died and nearly hundred have taken ill due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and intense heat wave in the tribal-dominated Ghansaur block of Seoni district in the last three days. Most of the cases have been reported from Atariya, Chitapar, Jam, Pahadi, Bineki, Ghansaur and Bandra villages of the district.
Seoni chief medical and health officer Dr AK Srivastava said there was a sudden spurt in the complaints of diarrhoea since May 21, following rain and the subsequent heat. Some of the sick, exhibiting symptoms like vomiting apart from diarrhoea, died even before reaching the hospital, he said.
A team of doctors from Jabalpur and Seoni district hospital has reached Ghansaur to take control over the situation, the CMHO said, adding that 74 people have been discharged so far, while 36 others were undergoing treatment.
“The medical team is taking samples of the water from the resources where the villagers collect water for household use,” Dr Srivastava said.
The dead were identified as Moga Bai, 70, of village Chitapar, Saroj Rani, 65, of village Ghansaur, Ramesh Lal, 45, of village Saliwada, Monu Lal, 60 of village Chitapar, Tilok Lal, 55, of village Agariya, Girni, 65, of village Jam and Indu Agariya, 56.
Seoni collector Dhanraju S, who visited the hospital, said that over 100 people were undergoing treatment.
Local (Laknadaun) MLA Yogendra Singh announced an aid of Rs 5,000 to the kin of each dead. “Severe heat wave, coupled with sporadic rainfall in the last two days has made the atmosphere humid and this could be a reason behind the outbreak of the disease,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)