THENI: At least 23 persons, including nine women and a boy, were admitted to government hospitals – six in Theni Government Medical College Hospital and 17 in Uthamapalayam Government Hospital near Gandamanur pass - for treatment of suspected gastroenteritis on Wednesday. The patients were from Bodi, Uthamapalyam and Anumanthanpatti. Already, many were treated as out-patients at government hospitals in Uthamaplayam and Bodinayakkanur.
Health officials suspected that contamination of drinking water might be the reason for waterborne diseases. Less water flow in the river might increase pollution level in drinking water, they added.
In the meanwhile, Collector P. Muthuveeran visited the hospital and interacted with patients and doctors. Later, he said that 60 persons were suffering from diarrhoea. The condition of 37 patients was normal after timely treatment as out-patients in the respective hospitals.
He advised municipal officials and town panchayat officials to test water samples and chlorinate the drinking water properly. He also ordered panchayat officials to clean all overhead tanks meant for drinking water supply.
The health officials would conduct special medical camps in the affected areas to administer preventive medicines and to detect serious cases. “If there are any symptoms of contagious diseases in rural areas, people may contact the Deputy Director of Health Services through mobile phone number: 94437 99864.
Those in urban areas can contact the Joint Director of Health Services at 94449 82681 to enable them to take quick action,” he advised. “People need not panic about waterborne diseases,” he added.