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More than 800 cases of jaundice reported in Shimla, 1 dead

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Shimla: More than 800 cases of jaundice have been reported so far in Shimla, prompting Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh to review on Wednesday the steps taken to tackle the disease.

An official statement quoting the minister said effective steps have been taken by the departments concerned and the Shimla Municipal Corporation to check further spread of the disease.

It said 817 cases of jaundice were reported in the town and one man lost his life due to the water-borne disease.

 

Kaul Singh said priority has been given by the government to supply clean and safe drinking water to people. All major water storage tanks have been cleaned and water is being chlorinated on a regular basis.

Municipal corporation commissioner Pankaj Rai said action has been initiated against 107 households for not discharging sewage properly.

The civic authorities suspect that mixing of sewage with potable water has caused the spread of the water-borne disease.

Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar told IANS that effluents from the sewerage treatment plant in Malyana, located in the vicinity of the Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme, was mainly responsible for water contamination.

The government has banned the procurement of water from the Ashwani Khud.

In 2007, 2010 and 2013, a large number people in the town tested positive for Hepatitis E, a liver problem caused by consumption of water contaminated by sewerage.

Planned for a maximum population of 16,000, Shimla is home to 170,000 people as per the 2011 census and generates 30.09 million litres per day of sewage. (IANS)

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500 jaundice cases detected in Shimla

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Shimla: Over 500 jaundice cases were detected in Shimla this winter which has taken the healthcare sector in Himachal Pradesh by surprise.

Shimla civic authorities suspect that mixing of sewage with the potable water has caused the spread of the water-borne disease. The state high court also took Suo Motu cognizance in this regard and sought a status report from the government by Thursday.

Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar said that effluents from the sewerage treatment plant in Malyana, located the vicinity of the Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme, was mainly responsible for water contamination.

He said that he lodged a criminal negligence complaint with the police against a contractor of the treatment plant on Tuesday who has been accused of discharging sewage in the rivulet without treating it.

Panwar said the government-run treatment plant uses an outdated technology for reusing the water.

The Ashwani Khud drinking water scheme supplies water to one-third of Shimla’s population.

Most of the jaundice cases have been reported from Chotta Shimla, Panthaghati, Vikas Nagar, New Shimla and Kasumpti, a health officer said.

Doctors in the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) said on an average 15 to 20 patients suffering from jaundice come to the hospital daily. More than 250 patients have been treated in the IGMCH alone so far.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes said the government has taken preventive steps to check the further spread of jaundice.

She said water supply from the Ashwani Khad has been temporarily shut till the mixing of untreated water from the sewerage treatment plant is plugged.

Sounding a note of caution, Panwar said the testing of potable water at any level is not done for the virus causing hepatitis because there is no such laboratory in the state.

He said the quality of water supplied from the Ashwani Khud is not good, which is causing repeated epidemic in Shimla.

In 2007, 2010 and 2013, a large number people in the town tested positive for Hepatitis E, a liver problem caused by the consumption of water contaminated by sewerage.

Planned for a maximum population of 16,000, Shimla is home to 170,000 people as per the 2011 census and generates 30.09 million litres per day of sewage. (IANS)