The Kancheepuram Municipality has banned the sale of fish caught from inland water sources for 3 days in the town after a large number of people sought treatment for diarrhoea at the Government District Headquarters hospital on Sunday and Monday.
Addressing the Municipal Council Municipal on Monday, Chairman Mythili Thirunavukkarasu said that the civic body received information that many residents of Venkatesapalayam, Hyderpettai Stree, Orikkai, Thumbavanam, Pillayarpalayam and certain other areas have approached the hospital for treatment Subsequently, she along with the Kancheepuram MLA, V.Somasundaram called on the patients at the hospital on Monday morning and also inspected overhead water tanks (OHT) from which drinking water was supplied to these areas.
Stating that there was no need to get panic, when the DMK councilor, P.Suresh wanted to know whether there way any cholera outbreak in the town, she said water supply from Rajaji Market, Yathokthakari and Pattala Street OHTs would be suspended for three-days as the water samples taken from these OHTs have been sent for testing. Drinking water would be supplied through water tanker lorries in the areas covered by these three OHTs. Further, sale of fish caught from inland water bodies were also banned in the town, she added.
Later talking to reporters at her chamber, Ms.Mythili claimed that only 20 persons, including a 12-year-old boy, suffered from diarrhoeal symptoms in the Municipal limit when the reporters pointed out her that as per hospital records more than 50 persons have got themselves treated for diarrhoea during the last two-days.
“When we (the chairman and Kancheepuram MLA) visited the hospital we found people hailing from nearby hamlets have also approached the hospital for treatment to diarrhoea”, she said.