Staff Reporter

1,300 cases of viral fever reported

NAMAKKAL: Health officials here have begun collecting water samples from private tankers supplying drinking water to Namakkal town. The samples have been sent to the laboratories for testing quality. Officials have taken this step as part of the preventive measures to control viral fever in the district.


About 40 to 50 tanker lorries were supplying drinking water to the residents in Namakkal, Rasipuram, Senthamangalam and nearby villages. A few of these vehicles were using tanks - rusted - to carry water, it was claimed. "These vehicles transport water from the wells in the Karavalli village in the foothills of Kolli Hills. We are not sure whether the water they transport is potable or not. So we have asked the health workers to collect samples from these tankers and send them for testing," the Deputy Director of Health, R. Sampathkumar, said. About 1,300 suspected viral fever cases were reported in the district. Many of these cases were reported in Gurusamypalayam, a few parts in Namakkal and Rasipuram towns and several villages in Senthamangalam special panchayat.

As private tanker lorries were supplying water to these areas also, the health officials had decided to test the quality of the water supplied. "Initially, we are taking water samples from the tankers supplying water to the Namakkal town," Mr. Sampathkumar said. If the water supplied by the tankers was found contaminated, the tankers would not be allowed to operate.