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Malaria, enteric diseases lash tribal hamlets

india Updated: May 07, 2010 09:10 IST
Syed Sajjad Ali
Syed Sajjad Ali
Hindustan Times
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The annual outbreak of malaria and enteric diseases in hills of Tripura so far killed four tribals including two children. Bilaiham village in Teliamura subdivision of West Tripura district was the worst affected with all the four deaths.

Health officials on Thursday said seven patients mostly children are admitted to a government hospital in Teliamura. Hospital in-charge Dr P.K. Majumder said six are suffering from malaria and one contacted Diarrhoea.

Chikanti Reang (18 months) and Sabirung Reang (2) died of malaria without any medical facility on Wednesday at their respective home at Bilaiham. The toll has touched four in past four days.

The patients are mostly children and condition of few is stated to be critical. Balendra Reang (6), Ranbati Reang (2), Chichakati Reang (6), Bhogonti Reang (3), John Kumar Reang (18 months), Feliar Reang (5) and Sabita Reang (28) are all from Bilaiham.

As the situation turned grave in the area the health department is reluctant to send health teams to Bilaiham and other vulnerable areas. Sources said tension and anxiety grips tribals in remote areas as they fear of outbreak of the diseases.

Enteric diseases are mainly fallout of consumption of stale food and drinking of contaminated water. Not only hills and even plain areas of the state are suffering from acute shortage of drinking water.