19 More Found Suffering From Jaundice in Sodala, Water Contamination Possible Cause

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JAIPUR: The health situation in Sodala is grave as of now. As many as 19 more persons were found suffering from jaundice during a survey of the houses in the area on Saturday. The health department had deployed 55 officials who conducted survey of the houses in the area.According to the department officials, they surveyed 2,872 houses in Sodala area on Saturday. The situation is grave as after a resident of the area, a 19-year-old, died due to jaundice two days ago, many more were found suffering from it. Since jaundice is a water-borne disease, the possibilities of water contamination in the area are high and created panic in the area.The health department has stepped up efforts to control the situation and provide treatment to the patients. Out of the 19 jaundice cases detected, six of them were referred to government hospitals for treatment as they needed hospitalization for treatment. Chief medical health officer (Jaipur I) Dr O P Thankan said, “So far, 171 persons were clinically detected suffering from jaundice by teams of doctors surveying the area in the past 10-12 days.” A temporary dispensary has also been set up at Chaudhary Public School, which is centrally located in the affected area. “The temporary dispensary is created so that the patients can come for treatment directly there,” Dr Thankan said. Health department teams were seen making people aware on clean drinking water to prevent jaundice.

Deputy chief medical health officer Dr Ravi Shankar said diseases like diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, jaundice and other gastroenteritis problems are water- or food-borne. He said they are spreading awareness among people on boiling water for 20 minutes before using it for drinking purposes. Also, 10 milligram of chlorine tablet can be added to 10-12 litre of water for 30 minutes to make it suitable for drinking.

The department is supplying chlorinated water free of cost to the people of Sodala.

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