KARNATAKA

‘Check outbreak of water-borne diseases'

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, has asked the Department of Health and Family Welfare here to take steps to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases during summer.

He was presiding over a review meeting of the District Surveillance Unit here on Monday.

Mr. Gowda said the department should create awareness on preventing diseases such as cholera, malaria, gastroenteritis and typhoid.

Clean water

District Health Officer Shivaram Naik stressed the need to chlorinate water.

Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat Mirza Akbarulla said he would direct gram panchayats to take steps to ensure supply of clean drinking water to people.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has come up with several suggestions to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.

Clean living

Hotels, marriage halls and confectioners have been directed to maintain hygiene, keep food covered and provide boiled water for drinking.

Staff have been advised to undergo medical check-up once in six months and secure disease-free certificates.

Sewage

Besides, municipal authorities have been told to take steps to prevent the mixing of sewage with drinking water through cracked or corroded pipelines, and improper disposal of waste. Toilets should be located at least 20 metres away from wells, the department said.

The Health Department would coordinate with various organisations to educate people on healthcare.