Sanitation drive in village after measles deaths
SANITATION DRIVE has been stepped up at tribal-dominated Mendal village where two boys and a girl were reported to have died of measles 10 days back. Mhow SDM John Kingsley received the report on Saturday as the tribals masked the occurrence of disease thinking it to be a curse of God.india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 15:47 IST
SANITATION DRIVE has been stepped up at tribal-dominated Mendal village where two boys and a girl were reported to have died of measles 10 days back. Mhow SDM John Kingsley received the report on Saturday as the tribals masked the occurrence of disease thinking it to be a curse of God.
On receiving information, a team of doctors was sent to Mendal, a tiny hamlet surrounded by forests and located 29 km from Mhow. On examination, the doctors found that it was measles and not chicken pox as was reported.
Although the disease is under control, Kingsley said all the precautionary measures have been taken to prevent infection within and outside Mendal. Aside from door-to-door vaccination drive launched on mass scale in five miles radius of area, a self-help group ‘Swachchata Police’ has been constituted for motivating villagers to keep the surroundings clean.
The group consists of 10 village youths who have been asked to monitor the situation, encourage people to vaccinate their children and generate awareness towards hygiene. The villagers have taken up construction of drains to allow water to pass. At Indore, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal has asked Chief Medical Officer Dr K K Vijayvargiya to investigate reasons behind occurrence of disease, specially when the children at village were vaccinated earlier.
At his end, CMO has issued show-cause notice to Mendal health worker and supervisor in-charge of vaccination programme. He said they would be suspended if found guilty.
About 20 children at Mendal still have measles. Though they have been vaccinated, the Health Department is finding it hard to treat them, as their families are reluctant to immunise their children.
A family, last night, took away the child who was undergoing treatment for pneumonia and measles at Mhow’s Madhya Bharat Hospital without informing the authorities.
When contacted, Vijayvargiya said he has dispatched a team of doctors to the village, which will stay there for next four days.