People in Wardhannapet consume a concoction of drinking and drainage water
People have been complaining of vomiting and motions for the past three days
Gram Panchayat officials pulled up, secretary suspended and another worker sacked
WARDHANNAPET (WARANGAL DT.): Over 60 people took ill after consuming contaminated water here at the mandal headquarters on Sunday.
They were admitted to the local government area hospital and three others to a private hospital. The drinking water pipelines run across the drainage pipelines and a leakage in the water pipelines allowed drainage water to flow into the drinking water pipelines thus contaminating water. Oblivious of the fact, the residents of Yadava Nagar, SC colony and other localities consumed the same and fell ill.
People complained of vomiting and motions for the past three days. However, the officials did not take note of the cause and on Sunday, more number of people were admitted to the hospitals thus bringing the issue to light. Warangal MP Errabelli Dayakar Rao informed the district Collector B. Janardhan Reddy who rushed to the Wardhannapet Government Hospital to take stock of the situation.
The pits dug up to draw water from the drinking water pipelines were low and lay beside the drainage lines in the colonies. The pipelines which were laid long ago developed rust and leaked which nobody took note of despite complaints from the residents.
Mr. Janardhan Reddy, angered over the inaction of Gram Panchayat officials, suspended secretary K. Durga Rao and removal of pump operator Vijay Kumar who was on nominal rolls of the Gram Panchayat.
The Collector wanted the Gram Panchayat officials and medical officers to explain why measures were not taken when the patients grew in more numbers at government and private hospitals in the town which is close to the district headquarters. He ordered that DM & HO Subba Rao and other officials to stay put at the Wardhannapet and oversee the treatment.
Leaders of various political parties – Sircilla Rajaiah, K. Sridhar of Congress and G. Vijaya Rama Rao of TRS visited the hospital and consoled the victims.
GE cases in Adilabad
At Mandamarri coal belt in Adilabad district, 23 persons suffered from gastro enteritis after consuming contaminated water, taking the total to about 100. Over 70 persons were affected on Saturday. The district medical and health authorities organised a medical camp at the site to treat the patients and all of them are stated to be out of danger.
Meanwhile, 45 persons were affected by food poisoning at Konapur village of Kolcharam mandal in Medak district.
According to M. Govardhan Reddy, District Medical and Health Officer, who is camping in the village, a group of 45 people went to the temple of Goddess Durga Bhavani in Yedupayala on Friday and had a feast.
They consumed the same food the next day too and Dr. Govardhan Reddy attributes this as the reason for their sickness.
Thirty five of them got admitted to the Government Hospital in Rangampet on Saturday night itself. They were discharged on Sunday morning.
Another five persons are being treated at a medical camp at Konapur itself, the District Medical and Health Officer said ruling out water contamination.