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Updated: April 9, 2012 14:56 IST

Spurt in diarrhoea cases at Vambay Colony

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Vijayawada Municipal Corporation employees cleaning drinking water sumps in Vambay colony 'C' sector following diarrhoea cases in Vijayawada on Sunday. photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
The Hindu Vijayawada Municipal Corporation employees cleaning drinking water sumps in Vambay colony 'C' sector following diarrhoea cases in Vijayawada on Sunday. photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Municipal corporation opens a medical camp at the colony

With increase in number of diarrhoea cases at Vambay Colony, the Municipal Corporation opened a medical camp at the colony on Sunday.

According to information, first diarrhoea case was reported at the Vambay colony in the city on March 31. Since then, every day, on an average, six cases were being reported from this area. About 10 cases were reported at the camp on Sunday.

The doctors administered necessary fluids and medicines to the needy. Four beds, fluids, and medicines were kept ready at the UHC.

The doctors and paramedics were working in three shifts at the UHC, said CMOH M. Satyanarayana Raju.

“It is not an epidemic. The situation will come to normalcy in two days,” he said.

Hectic activity was witnessed in the city more particularly at the Vambay Colony with swell in diarrhoea cases.

The political leaders descended on the colony to take stock of situation. Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, State general secretary Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and others visited the colony.

The corporation staff cleaned the drinking water sumps on a war-footing as there were allegations that leakage of Under Ground Drainage (UGD) water into the sumps has led to the contamination of water.

Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu tested the drinking water samples for the contamination on the spot. Later, he said: “The percentage of chlorine in water supplied through taps was meeting the standards. The diarrhoea cases were being reported due to use of private water cans.”

The people were requested to contact 0866-2400495 if they faced any drinking water problem, he said.

The Opposition parties, however, alleged that callous attitude of the VMC officials had led to the break out of diarrhoea. The Communist Party of India (M) division secretary K. Durga Rao said there was no truth in the VMC's arguments.

The UGD water was leaking into drinking water sumps at the colony, he alleged.

Meanwhile, the VMC officials cracked down on packaged drinking water units and ice factories.

The commissioner directed the officials to close down the packaged drinking water units that have no licences.

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