Karnataka

Prasada poisoning: toll increases to 16

The toll in the prasada poisoning case from Sulwadi Maramma temple in Chamarajanagar has increased to 16 with one person succumbing to medical complications on Friday.

Nagesh (45), who was admitted to the JSS Hospital in the city, was on life support system and was battling for life since last Friday. Chamarajanagar District Health Officer K.H. Prasad said Nagesh’s condition deteriorated and all efforts to revive him failed. He passed away at around 8.30 a.m.

The authorities completed the legal formalities including post-mortem and handed over the body of Nagesh to his family members and relatives who left for Salwadi village for last rites.

A total of 52 people are still in various hospitals of whom 21 are still on ventilator and their condition is being monitored round-the-clock. The authorities are confident of discharging 15 of them by Friday.

Mr. Prasad said five primary health centres in and around Salwadi are being supported to extend best available follow-up treatment for those discharged from the hospital. “We have deployed three ambulances with life support system and other medicare facilities to ferry the patients in the unlikely event of any of them developing new complications”, he added.

This apart, a few doctors and paramedical staff have been deployed in the village and they are examining patients discharged and monitoring their health. “It is a door-to-door service and the doctors are attending to the patients at their respective homes’’, said Mr. Prasad. A team of psychologists too is part of the team to provide counselling to enable the patients to make a quick recovery.

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