After floods, threat of epidemic looms in Hry villages

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Yamunanagar/Karnal
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  • Updated: Jun 20, 2013 18:10 IST

With more than 50 villages in various parts of northern Haryana severely affected by recent floods, now threats of epidemic looms over the villages.

Health officials said that the situation in most villages was prone to spread of water-borne diseases, including gastroenteritis, cholera, malaria and skin infections.

Though the water flooded villages of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts started receding since Tuesday, but a large chunk of land in the low-lying areas faces problem of water logging.

The villagers are extremely worried because the sewerage systems have suffered serious damages paving way for unhygienic conditions.

Information gathered by Hindustan Times from the affected villages said that the state health department had deputed mobile medical aid teams to handle the situation.

MR Passi, the chief medical officer of Yamunanagar told HT on Thursday that though the situation was under control but there were serious apprehension of outbreak of water-borne diseases.

He said that presently nearly 20 villages were under intense medical surveillance where health workers were preparing slides of the villagers suspected to be suffering from malaria or other diseases.

"Leaves of all doctors and the para medical staff in the district had been cancelled and we are fully prepared for any situation," said Passi.

The Karnal civil surgeon Vandana Bhatia said that collapse of sewer system in several villages of Indri and Ghraunda areas were a matter of concern.

"Following medical advisory, the district administration is providing safe drinking water in the affected villages. We have also advised people to use boiled water to prevent outbreak of any disease," she said.

According to Bhatia, total 60 cases of malaria, diarrhoea (40) and several cases of eye infection and body due to slushy water had been reported from 30 different villages.

"The situation is not alarming and teams of doctors, para medical staff and the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) are engaged in the mobile relief drives," she said.

Panipat deputy commissioner Sameer Pal Srow said that team of doctors has been deputed at worst-hit villages on Yamuna banks from June 20-30 to handle any emergency situation without any delay.


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