Only four cases reported on Friday, says district health officer

Gastroenteritis cases reported in Tadakod village five days ago has now been controlled. The number of cases has decreased significantly, as of Friday.

The outbreak, reported during the village’s annual festival had raised apprehensions that it would spread to surrounding areas and gradually enter city limits.

District Health Officer N. M. Angadi told The Hindu that only four fresh cases were reported on Friday, as against 26 on Thursday. Fifty-three persons are being treated as outpatients, of which 21 received medication and the rest were being treated at health centres, he added.

Dr. Angadi said the epidemic was fully under control. “A handful of cases have been reported from neighbouring villages, but the epidemic is not spreading to other areas,” he said. A team of doctors is camping in the village to supervise the mobile health centre set up at Tadakod, he added.

Water testing

Dr. Angadi said that the Department of Health and Family Welfare had collected samples from 12 water bodies in the village for tests. The report is expected on Saturday, he said.

When asked about Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar’s instruction to officials to probe the outbreak, Dr. Angadi said he had not yet received any orders in this regard. Mr. Shettar may have instructed higher officials in Bangalore, but we yet to receive any intimation, he said.

‘Welcome move’

Gram panchayat member Bimappa Kasai welcomed the Chief Minister’s promise to set up a primary health centre (PHC) in Tadakod village. “I am happy that the government has realised the need for a PHC in our village. There should not be any delay in opening the PHC. Mr. Shettar should consider this as a special case and see that the centre is opened at the earliest,” Mr. Kasai said.

Only four cases reported in Tadakod on Friday: district health officer