Two more people, including a four-month-old baby, died of diarrhoea in Barwani on Tuesday, taking the toll to five in Barwani district. Also, the number of affected rose to 135.
BJP MLA from Pansemal Deewan Singh Patel demanded a high-level probe into the diarrhoea outbreak which affected135 people so far in more than a dozen villages around Khetiya town.
Patel said junior staff didn’t perform well and they failed to inform their seniors. “The affected people also didn’t approach for proper treatment, as the villages are located on hills, and some of them opted for local treatment,” he said.
Collector Tejaswi Naik visited some of the villages and ensured the affected people get ambulances. Naik told the media that he suspected the people consumed contaminated food or water at ‘haat’ (rural market) in Khetiya on Saturday.
“The number of affected has gone up to 135 on Tuesday evening. Most of them are being treated at the primary health centre in Khetiya. A few of them were shifted to the district hospital and some availed medical facilities in neighbouring Maharashtra’s Shahda,” Naik said.
Food samples were taken from 12 hotels of Khetiya as well as samples from 37 sources of water supply in 12 villages, he said.
Acting Leader of Opposition in assembly and former health minister Bala Bachchan blamed the government for the diarrhoea deaths. “It is sheer negligence of the BJP government and the health department which claim the facilities are in proper condition,” he said.