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Hyderabad: Contaminated water has claimed 108 lives in the state this year, according to figures stated in the Parliament by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The city is not immune to the trend, and cases of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis seem to be high. City hospitals have registered about 1,200 cases of acute diarrhoeal diseases this year.
Dr Kiran Peddi, gastroenterologist at Global Hospitals, said that he has been attending to seven to 10 cases every week. “It is mostly diarrhoea or vomiting, or sometimes a combination of both, resulting in gastroenteritis. There are jaundice and typhoid cases as well,” Dr Peddi said.
The Institute of Preven-tive Medicine tests water samples from various parts of the city every month. In September, water collected from Madhapur and Ashok Nagar were contaminated and had presence of E. coli, a major source of gastroenteritis. In October too, a Khairatabad water sample tested positive for the bacteria. Several samples each month are found to be bacteriological or have residual chlorine.
Research officer Sayeeda Azeemunnisa of Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Osmania University, said a study last year revealed that 40 per cent of water samples collected from various parts of the city were positive fror bacterial contamination. “There are still many areas where there is a lot of water contamination. Now, the pipelines are being changed in some areas which might solve the problem,” she said.