State Readies for Epidemic Caused by Water-borne Diseases

Health department workers spraying chemical to stop water-borne diseases from spreading.

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Patna: Alarmed by the growing concerns of epidemic caused by water-borne bacteria and the frightening breeding of mosquitoes due to stationary water across the city, authorities on Thursday sounded red alert to deal with the impending health disaster in the state capital that is only expected to get worse in the coming days.

In an urgent move, the Nitish administration first canceled the leave of all doctors and then ordered them to report to their respective hospitals to deal with the sudden influx of patients suffering from a number of water-borne diseases and mosquito bites.

The state Health Department, in a memo to all hospitals in Patna, directed them to ensure they had plenty of medicines and were prepared to treat the patients without any undue delay.

Patna DM Kumar Ravi supervising fogging operation in a flooded Patna.

Manoj Kumar, Health Secretary, said that there was no need to panic as the government hospitals were well-equipped to deal with the situation and there was no dearth of medicines, a concern raised by members of many local associations.

"Hospitals were ordered to stockpile on all required medicines ahead of the flood that hit the city a few days ago. We have sufficient antibiotics and Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) that is given to treat the patients with dehydration caused by diarrhea and cholera," Kumar said.

Meanwhile, as the city limps back to normalcy, Patna District Magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi personally took part in the 'fogging' process in an attempt to stop the diseases before it took the shape of an unmanageable epidemic.

Joining health officials, the DM visited many areas on the Disaster Response Force (DRF) boat and supervised defogging while also spraying bleach in severely water-logged areas. He also handed out bleach packets designed to be used indoors.


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