Shastry V. Mallady and T. Saravanan
Officials inspect pipeline, affected areas in Madurai
Two cases of diarrhoea reported from Kuruvithurai
MADURAI: Amidst fears of cholera outbreak at various pockets in the city, the Health Department on Sunday ordered random checks in hotels and houses in the Corporation area.
A high level team of Health officials, led by the Director of Public Health, P. Padmanaban, visited the affected areas and inspected the main drinking water supply channels, including the Arasaradi water tank.
Leakage detected in water supply pipeline
“We found during the inspection that there was a leakage in the water supply pipeline on New Jail Road in the city. Another two cases of diarrhoea/vomiting were reported on Sunday from Kuruvithurai near Sholavandan,” Dr. Padmanaban told The Hindu after meeting Corporation officials.
He said that instructions have been given to sanitary inspectors to conduct checks at hotels in different points in the city to make sure that boiled drinking water was supplied to customers.
“The Health Department will issue a notice under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act if there are any safety violations and if required we can even order the closure of the hotels/restaurants,” he said.
Dr. Padmanaban also visited the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Thoppur, near here, where five persons have been undergoing treatment for acute diarrhoea and vomiting following recent ‘un-seasonal’ rains.
The City Health Officer, V. Subramanian, has been asked to give a report to the engineering department of the Corporation on where sewage was getting mixed with drinking water due to pipe leakages.
Situation under control
Stating that the situation was under control after 130-odd cases were reported with symptoms in the district, he said that Corporation staff was asked to maintain proper chlorination level in drinking water.