Staff Reporter

Collector orders daily chlorination of drinking water

Officials say that there are no deaths

due to cholera

1,084 persons turn up for viral fever treatment

ALAPPUZHA: Even as five more persons complaining of vomiting and diarrhoeal diseases were admitted to hospitals here on Wednesday, taking the number of suspected cholera cases to eight in the last two days, the district administration and health machinery got together here to discuss damage control exercises.

Meeting convened

District Collector P. Venugopal, who convened a meeting of health officials, Kerala Water Authority officials and other officials concerned to review the situation, said the administration was fully prepared to tackle the sudden spurt of fever and diarrhoeal diseases including four confirmed cholera cases.

Water contamination through a broken pipeline in Kuttanad had been traced as the source for the cholera cases in that region. Steps were being taken to ensure supply of pure drinking water.

Inspection of all pump houses and to find out any broken pipelines would be initiated while separate wards for diarrhoeal and fever cases would be set up in the General Hospital here.

The Collector, who issued directions for daily chlorination of drinking water in all pump houses, also said quality analysis of water would be done every two days.

Superintendents of hospitals concerned would be held responsible for any shortage of drugs since the Government and the district administration had repeatedly assured adequate supply of drugs, Mr. Venugopal said.

Special allocation

A review of utilization of the special allocation of Rs.10,000 each to all panchayat wards in the district would be done on Thursday as well to see whether stipulated precautionary measures and sanitation drives were implemented.

The officials, who reiterated that there were no deaths due to cholera so far, said the four persons, who died over the last three days, had other diseases including asthma and cancer. Contrary to media reports that they had died of cholera, there was nothing to prove that they had cholera.

At the same time, there was no evidence to prove that they did not have cholera, officials admitted.

Cholera cases

The meeting, which noted that Kuttanad had reported cholera cases in 2002 and 2005, called for proposals for improving drinking water supply and for disposal of garbage in the water-logged region.

Meanwhile, the number of viral fever patients who turned up for treatment in outpatient wings in Government hospitals on Wednesday was pegged at 1,084 while 54 persons were admitted to fever wards.