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Viral Outbreak after PHE supplies contaminated water

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Pulwama, December 18:  A number of children living in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district have fallen sick of a viral infection which has caused a epidemic-like situation in the area.

As per reports in a local daily, the residents of Hardmeer, Ameerabad and Sangrama villages of Tral said that their children complained of vomiting and abdominal pain on Thursday.

The officials of Tral sub-district hospital said that score of residents of these villages got admitted in the hospital on Thursday with a complaint of severe pain in the abdomen and constant vomiting. Most of these were relieved after treatment.

According to Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Block Medical Officer, Tral, the outbreak of the disease is because of the supply of impure water to villages. He said, “Twelve children from the villages have been found to be positive for jaundice. Their samples has been taken and sent for investigation.”

Also, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department have ordered to stop supply from the water tank that is believed to be supplying contaminated water. Dr Fayaz Ahmad, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Tral said that the health department is monitoring the situation for the last many days and have taken samples of water for test.

As per report, the department has also made the provision of alternative water supply to the villages. However, the situation was not alarming and necessary steps were being taken to control it, he said.

Meanwhile, the resident has blamed PHE for supplying contaminated water in the villages. They said the water is being supplied from the source which is not covered ever. They even said that the villagers urinate and litter in it.

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