Reyaz Rashid

Gastroenteritis outbreak in villages of Narwav Baramulla

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Situation under control, medical teams on job: BMO Sheeri

Baramulla: Panic has gripped Lalpora Laridora and Reshmuqam villages in Narwav area of Baramulla following the outbreak of gastroenteritis that has infected more than hundred people.

The affected residents are suffering from dehydration; diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms of gastroenteritis.

“From last evening panic has gripped Laridora,  Reshmuquam and other adjoining villages of village of  Sheeri Narwav area of Baramulla after hundreds  of people including men, women and children complained of dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting,” said a local Abdul Rashid whose wife, alongwith scores of other such patients is admitted in health centre Sheeri.

Sick residents of the area told Kashmir Images that they are being provided drinking water from a common water reservoir located at Kalas Doba.

“We are being provided drinking water from Kalas Dobaa Nowgam water tank and it seems drinking water is not safe and properly treated with chlorine resulting into outbreak of gastroenteritis infection,” Adil Ahmed another local said.

Meanwhile, the health authorities have geared up to face the challenge. “Soon after we came to know about the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the area, we deputed our teams there. I am myself supervising the treatment of patients. So far 130 patients have been diagnosed with of gastroenteritis. The patients have been treated by doctors in our PHC Sheeri and by medical teams in the villages, said Blocak Medical Officer Sheeri Dr. Farooq Ahmed Sheikh.

“We advise people to drink boiled water and use chlorine tables. We have informed the concerned authorities to collect water samples so that cause of outbreak is ascertained,” Dr. Farooq added.

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