Superbug: Delhi to step up surveillance, monitoring

Civic bodies will increase surveillance and emphasise on proper chlorination of water.

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 00:41 AM IST

New Delhi: In the wake of the controversy
over a drug-resistant superbug being found in Delhi waters,
civic bodies in the capital on Tuesday decided to increase
surveillance and emphasise on proper chlorination of water.

The decision was taken at a meeting attended by
representatives of National Centre for Disease Control,
Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council
and Delhi Jal Board.

The various municipal bodies presented their views on
how to improve the surveillance and monitoring systems of the
water supply.

"At the meeting, we decided that the surveillance and
monitoring system will be improved and emphasis will be given
on proper chlorination of water.

"Like in NDMC, we get bulk supply from DJB. If we
conduct sample tests and find chlorine content is not proper,
we can add on. The MCD also expressed the same views. Proper
chlorination is important," NDMC Medical Officer of Health P K
Sharma said.

"All the agencies like Delhi Jal Board, MCD and NDMC
placed their opinion and findings on the issue. We deliberated
on the Lancet report and all the agencies felt that the Lancet
report was not correct," another official who attended the
meeting said.

"We reviewed whether there has been any increase in
water or vector-borne diseases in the city. All matters
concerning public health in the city were discussed in the
meeting," he said.

"The DJB said it will further improve chlorination of
water and increase frequency of testing water qualities across
the city."

"The meeting felt that there is nothing to be worried
about following the reports. However, all the agencies have
decided to carry out review of the situation regularly," RP
Vashisth, a Delhi Government health official said.

International health journal Lancet had published a
report last week claiming the presence of a drug resistant
superbug NDM-I in the water supply of the capital.

PTI