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Epidemic hits Khaura village

THE HEALTH department has no information about the outbreak of epidemic in which about ten persons are affected with chicken pox and nearly two dozens are down with measles at Khaura village under the Navabganj police station.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST

THE HEALTH department has no information about the outbreak of epidemic in which about ten persons are affected with chicken pox and nearly two dozens are down with measles at Khaura village under the Navabganj police station.

In the Khaura village, every next house is affected with chicken pox or measles for the last several days and several patients from the area had reportedly visited the government hospitals.

When chief medical officer Dr Vijay Shankar Singh was contacted he said, “He had no information about the outbreak of chicken pox and measles in Khaura village.” He said, “I will send a team of doctors to village.” 

Following severity of the epidemic, many villagers had migrated to safer places. When this correspondent visited the village, ten persons were found with large patches on their bodies resembling chicken pox. The government considers that the epidemic has been eradicated therefore its vaccines were not available at the government hospitals.

The scene in the village somehow presents the picture of apathy of the health department and the municipal corporation as well. Heaps of garbage, choked sewer line made the life hell here.

Persons afflicted with chicken pox have been identified as Harshit (23), Deepmala (8), Pradeep (25), Sandeep (22), Gaurav (13), Anand (11), Arvind (14), Shubham (4), Aarti (10) and an eight-year-old girl.

Most of them are relatives and living in a room. Irony of people suffering with chicken pox did not end here as due to choked sewer lines contaminated water had entered in their houses.

A local resident Vijay Shankar Pandey said that for the last one week one after another nearly three-dozen people of Khaura village were found with big patches on their bodies. Though, local people describe the outbreak of epidemic, as ‘Prakop of Badi Mata’ and God would cure them.

But their anger was palpable on the faces of parents whose children were down with chicken pox. Several people of the village said that they had visited to doctors and asked the sweepers of the municipal corporation to clean the area, but to no avail.

Adding to the woes, several persons were also found affected with measles. Some of the affected persons were identified as Sangeeta (22) and Malti (7), Mohit (6 months), Dheeraj nephew of Sullu, Dayawati wife of Dhanwati, Phoolmati (22) wife of Shankar and several other people.