50 fall prey to gastroenteritis, amoebiasis in Moga

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Old 12-Oct-2010
50 fall prey to gastroenteritis, amoebiasis in Moga

Moga October 12:

With more than 50 cases of gastroenteritis and amoebiasis, in the new grain market and the Zira Road, the threat of water-borne diseases looms large in Moga. “ As many as 15 new cases of water-borne diseases have been reported in the district,” said Dr Rajesh Puri, senior medical officer, district hospital.

Since the last two days, many patients suffering water-borne diseases have been released after administering medicines. “The rest have been undergoing antibiotic treatment and will be released from the hospital upon showing signs of improvement,” Dr Puri added. Contaminated water is being citied as the main cause of increasing cases of gastroenteritis and amoebiasis.

“The health department has already sent the samples of the potable water to a government laboratory for clinical tests”, he added. The commission agents of the new grain market had previously made complaints regarding the unfit drinking water being supplied to the market. Dr Kuldip Singh, district health officer visited the affected areas and advised consumption of boiled water. He directed the use of chlorine in potable water supply.

The market committee had been supplying the water in the affected areas. Exlaining the condition, the medical officers said amoebiasis was an inflammation of the intestines caused by a microscopic parasite ‘entamoeba histolytica’.The parasite enters the body through contaminated food or water and is common in areas with poor sanitation or living conditions. No official announcement on the outbreak has been issued by the district administration. Dr VN Zade, district magistrate was not available for comments.

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