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KMC docs find measles in slum

CONFIRMING THE claims of residents and Dakshin Vikas Morcha, Kanpur Municipal Corporation officials admitted that measles had spread its tentacles in the slum near DBS College.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST

CONFIRMING THE claims of residents and Dakshin Vikas Morcha, Kanpur Municipal Corporation officials admitted that measles had spread its tentacles in the slum near DBS College.

Following a report published in the Hindustan Times on January 21, a team of officials led by Chief Nagar Swastha Adhikari Dr Suman Misra and Nagar Swastha Adhikari Dr JP Gupta reached the slum and took stock of the situation.

However, Dr Misra told the Hindustan Times the team could spot two children affected with measles while about half-a-dozen persons reported suffering from fever. Those affected with measles were 5 to 6 days old cases, added the chief nagar swastha adhikari.

An official, requesting anonymity, said the area was filled with filth as cleanliness work had not taken place in the slum for a long time. The official said that the unhygienic condition in the area probably was the main reason for people complaining of ailments. He said it was virtually impossible to live in such a pathetic condition as no safai karamchari was posted in the slum area, the biggest in the city.

Another official said that garbage dump at the drain flowing from the area was such that it was hard to differentiate whether garbage had been dumped in the drain or water was flowing over the garbage. He said that if immediate steps were not taken, the disease might spread to adjoining areas. However, the team, which was rushed to the spot, tried to ensure cleanliness in the area and even examined people complaining of problems.

It is worth mentioning that residents and Dakshin Vikas Morcha members have claimed that over two dozen persons have been affected with measles in the area due to unhygienic condition in the area, besides unclean 9-foot open drain flowing for years in the area.

According to residents, those affected with measles included Aman (2), Anuj (one-and-a-half years), Priyanka (5), all three siblings while Sonu (5), Pintu, Pankaj, Lakshmi and Suman.

Dr JP Gupta said that a team of officials had been deployed in the area and cleanliness work had begun on war-footing, adding that a camp was being organised near the slum at Jageshwar Hospital in Govindnagar area and urged the people to get themselves examined if they had any complaints.

First Published: Jan 22, 2006 00:57 IST