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`Superbug` in tap water: Delhi govt says no cause of worry

The Delhi government on Friday appealed to the people of the city not to worry following reports of presence of drug-resistant bacteria in the capital`s tap water.



New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday
appealed to the people of the city not to worry following
reports of presence of drug-resistant bacteria in the
capital`s tap water.

After a meeting with health experts and top officials of
his department, Health Minister AK Walia said the report by
international medical journal Lancet is not based on any
epidemiological or clinical evidence.

"I have reviewed the issue of NDM1, superbug bacteria in
the capital`s environment and its implications for human
health. There is no cause of any worry," he said.

The publication itself mentions that NDM1 gene is not
a stable character, Walia said.

"The chlorination of water makes it safe for drinking
purposes. The water being supplied through DJB and other
similar sources meets the prescribed standards of testing and
safety. The chlorination process and its monitoring is further
being strengthened," he said.

The DJB yesterday dispelled concerns about presence of
drug-resistant bacteria in tap water saying the water being
supplied by the agency was "safe" for drinking.

PTI

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