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38 eateries in district asked to shut down

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Health authorities issued notices to shut down 38 out of the 809 eateries and related establishments inspected in the district for unhygienic conditions on Friday.

In Aluva, the Health squad also directed the police to arrest five persons under the Public Health Act. Rules under the Act authorised Health officials to detain persons who create circumstances for the spread of communicable diseases, thus, violating public health norms, said Rural Health Officer P.N. Sreenivasan.

Hotels, bakeries, canteens, soda factories and ice factories were among the various types of units inspected during the surprise checks carried out by the Health squads as part of the Safe Kerala campaign. All the 38 eateries, including the KSRTC canteen in Aluva, were asked to shut down because they violated most of the parameters relating to the maintenance of hygienic conditions for preparing and serving food. Another 303 establishments were found wanting in certain parameters for cleanliness.

These units have been asked to rectify the problems and report to the Health authorities within a set timeframe.

District Medical Officer Haseena Mohammed, Additional DMO Suhitha, along with technical assistants and junior health inspectors led twenty district squads while health supervisors, health inspectors and junior health inspectors led 19 block-level squads in the operation that began at 5.30 a.m. on Friday.

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