Diarrhoea assumes epidemic scale in Gurugram, officials take urgent steps

Measures might have been taken to tackle vector- borne diseases like Dengue, and Malaria but the increase in a number of cases of microbial diseases like Diarrhea and Typhoid has become a major medical challenge in Gurugram.
Even before the arrival of monsoon, there have been over 2000 cases of Diarrhea that have been registered in the city public hospital. Further, a dozen of serious cases of Diarrhea is being reported daily.

Medical experts stated that along with cases of heat stroke increase in cases of Diarrhea, Typhoid and Viral Gastroenteritis due to contaminated food, water, and unhygienic conditions have been prevailing in the city.

Over 30 percent of the Diarrhea cases are due to consumption of contaminated food and water. Worryingly, there is also a large number of infant and minors who are being admitted due to the microbial diseases.

The district health department has been prompted to collect the water samples from thirteen prominent areas in the city. Shockingly out of the 75 water samples collected 40 has failed the test while the rest have been marked as suspect. Last year also it was observed that supply of drinking water to 174 areas was unfit for drinking.

Taking into cognizance of the rise in a number of Diarrhoea cases, a major program on the preventive measures is slated to be launched from July onwards. Also, the public health officials have planned to rope in the services of aanganwadi workers.

"There are likely chances that if a patient is showing the symptoms of vomiting, mild fever, body pain and blood in stools, he may be affected by microbial infections.

In severe cases, a patient can also die due to dehydration and low blood pressure. Basically, we advise most of the patients in these months to remain hydrated. Besides consumption of clean drinking water other alternatives for remaining hydrates is consumption of lime juice, coconut water, and dairy product," said Dr. PK Sharma, a senior doctor at Gurugram Civil Hospital.

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