The number of cholera cases rises to 210

Twelve more cases of suspected cholera were reported on Tuesday in Holalu village, where a farmer died of the epidemic on Thursday last.

The number of cholera cases has risen to 210, T.N. Marigowda, Mandya District Health Officer, told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

Of the fresh cases, six have been referred to the Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) Hospital here and the others are admitted to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Holalu.

The patients are out of danger now, he said.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has taken a serous note of the rise in cholera cases in the village.

Geetha Nyamagowda, Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare, who visited the village, said all possible steps would be taken to tackle the spread of the waterborne disease in Holalu.

Meanwhile, the district administration has decided to replace damaged water pipes in the village.

The officials concerned on Tuesday deployed an earthmover to remove pipes that have either developed cracks or have caught rust.

The gram panchayat has arranged tankers to supply water in the village. The villagers have been asked not to consume borewell water for the next few weeks.

Health workers, on Tuesday too, visited houses and enquired with the people about the effects of drinking borewell water.

The district administration has ordered closure of meat stalls, hotels and shops till Wednesday. However, as more number of cases are being reported in the village, the district administration is contemplating extending the ban order for some more days.

Three in Sorab taluk

Shimoga Staff Correspondent reports:

In Sorab taluk, three persons have died of cholera in Kamarur village in this month, according to Shimoga District Health Officer Shivanna Reddy. The Department of Health and Family Welfare has provided medical treatment for 60 persons suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting.