Friday, February 8, 2008

More people affected by water contamination in Bangalore - Udayavani

Udayavani - First look on Karnataka: "With 100 more people reporting ill, the number of those affected by water contamination in a city locality has risen to 600 on Wednesday as water supply authorities detected seepage of sewage in water pipelines.

'Except 38 inpatients, including 12 children, who have been diagnosed with gastroenteritis, the rest are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting and are being treated as
outpatients,' sources in the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) Health Division said.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board said it has detected the seepage of sewage in water pipelines and separated the pipelines.

All the affected since Jan 27 were being treated at private nursing homes and government hospitals through 'help desks' where they are being given Oral Solutions (ORS), antibiotics and also intravenous fluids in some cases.

To make the people aware of precautionary measures, pamphlets in Kannada and English are also being circulated. BMP has also launched a door-to-door awareness programme in
the area by medical supervisors.

'Though we have asked the Public Health Institute where the water samples have been sent for testing, to expedite the report, we are still awaiting it,' Dr Gayathri Chief Medical Officer (CMO), BMP said."

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