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Rise in water-infection cases at south hospitals

india Updated: Jun 26, 2013 00:25 IST
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Several south Delhi hospitals have seen an increase in cases stomach infection, allegedly caused by contaminated water, over the past few days.

A four-year-old girl, who reportedly had symptoms of acute diarrhoea, was brought dead on Sunday to Safdarjung Hospital.

According to sources, the hospital has received a number of cases of gastroenteritis, a condition that leads to inflammation of the stomach, small and large intestines over the past two days, especially of children.

"We have seen a slight increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis over the past couple of days, especially in the paediatric department, but water contamination is common during rainy season," said Dr BD Athani, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital.

Rockland Hospital, which is situated near the Qutab Institutional area, has also received a dozen cases of diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, fever, etc.

"We have received cases of loose motion, vomiting, abdominal pain, etc, that are typical symptoms of gastrointestinal infection, and mainly due to water contamination. We managed them on IV fluids. Only one of them required hospitalisation," said Dr MP Sharma, head of department, gastroenterology, Rockland Hospital.

Eight persons were brought to the gastroenterology department and four to the hospital's internal medicine department.

Water-borne diseases are infectious and spread primarily through contaminated water. A person falls sick by drinking polluted water either directly or by use of such water in cooking, washing or for other personal purposes.

"Rainy season is ideal for water-borne disease and people need to be extra careful. Drink purified water and use clean water for brushing teeth, bathing, and washing. Water tanks should be cleaned regularly. Avoid eating or drinking at roadside stalls; wash hands properly, especially before and after eating and going to the washroom," said Dr Sharma.

Doctors advise consuming lots of fluid in the form of lemonade, butter milk, coconut water, etc. in case of diarrhoea. There is no need to take any medicine as it is self-limiting condition. If diarrhoea is accompanied with fever, one see a doctor as it indicates infection.