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Return of diarrhoea

DESPITE BEING one of Lucknow Municipal Corporation?s 127 sensitive localities (in terms of infectious diseases), LMC it seems had been waiting for an outbreak in Luv-Kush Nagar. Mere information of the outbreak was not enough to stir the LMC and it took an agitation by the residents on Saturday to make the Health department of the LMC rush to the spot. The outbreak occurred on Friday.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 00:18 IST

One dead, six fall ill in Luv-Kush Nagar

DESPITE BEING one of Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s 127 sensitive localities (in terms of infectious diseases), LMC it seems had been waiting for an outbreak in Luv-Kush Nagar. Mere information of the outbreak was not enough to stir the LMC and it took an agitation by the residents on Saturday to make the Health department of the LMC rush to the spot. The outbreak occurred on Friday.

Though the outbreak has so far not been classified into any particular form of infection, Raja, 18, a resident of the area, died of diarrhoea on Friday while five others complained of the same affliction. Three other residents of Luv Kush Nagar, Chand Babu, Najeman and Nanda, complained of diarrhoea on Monday.

They took medicine from private clinics.

LMC launched cleanliness drive in the locality that is hit by stench caused by waterlogging and sewage overflow.

LMC’s Nagar Swasthya Adhikari Dr BBS Rathore said: “It’s due to shortage of sanitary staff, that we are not able to clean up such localities on regular basis.”

Luv-Kush Nagar is not facing a fatal outbreak for the first time. “In the past few years, outbreaks have led to loss of about 13 lives. Two years ago, former municipal commissioner had posted 10 sanitary workers in the area, but we never saw none turning up for cleaning work. In 2004, former Municipal Commissioner and District Magistrate had ordered regular cleaning of the area, but nothing has been done so far,” said Shitala Prasad Valmiki, a resident of the area.

On Saturday, a zonal health officer was held captive by the residents and was released only after a written assurance came to clean up the area.

A team of doctors from the Indira Nagar Bal Mahila Chikitsalaya on Monday visited the Luv-Kush Nagar area and distributed medicines to 150 families. But they did not find any more patients admitted to the hospitals. Superintendent of the hospital Dr Atupa Salauddin claimed that situation was under control and no more patients were coming in from that area.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 00:18 IST