Water shortage: Cases of dehydration on rise
In less than 24 hours, more than 4,000 protesters who had gathered at the Ramlila Maidan were treated for severe dehydration and fever at the medical aid camp set up on the grounds.delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2011 01:17 IST
In less than 24 hours, more than 4,000 protesters who had gathered at the Ramlila Maidan were treated for severe dehydration and fever at the medical aid camp set up on the grounds.
The doctors at the camp claimed that the situation was aggravated by a shortage of drinking water. They further said that the camp, on an average, had been getting 1,500 to 2,000 cases of dehydration daily. The number, however, doubled on Thursday, as the tanker supplying water to protesters at the maidan did not arrive.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which is responsible for providing water tankers, however, rubbished the claims. “We have stationed 14 tankers inside the maidan and are replacing them as and when required,” said a DJB spokesperson.
Though doctors provided packaged water to some patients, a majority had to go without it. With no vendors and grocery shops within the vicinity of the ground, buying drinking water proved to be a difficult task.
“Apart from dehydration, people have been complaining of cramps, acidity and throat infections,” said Krishna Ganta, a member of Team Anna.
As the mercury soared, many people fainted. Doctors said that the most number of people had been given medical treatment on Thursday. Since August 19, the day the protest started, more than 9,000 persons had been registered with the camp. Doctors also said many of the protesters who had come down from different parts of the country, were exhausted after six days of protesting.