Over 2,000 people affected by diarrhoea in Doda, Ramban
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Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010, 18:06
Jammu: With over 2,000 people affected by diarrhoea epidemic in mountainous districts of Doda and Ramban, Jammu and Kashmir government have geared up with army help to tackle the situation as over 1700 people have so far been admitted in the hospitals.

As many as 2047 diarrhoea patients have been identified in several remote and mountainous areas of Doda and Ramban districts by the teams of doctors till now, state health department officials said here today.

Of these, 1347 patients were identified in Doda and 700 in Ramban district, they said adding 1747 have been admitted in Doda and Banihal hospitals and rest were treated in their hamlets by the teams of doctors from the army and state health department.

So far, three people have died due to the disease in past nine days in Doda, they said, adding 16 people have been shifted to the hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.

The Health officials attribute the epidemic to spring and nullah waters contaminated due to flash floods in Doda and Ramban districts.

People have been advised not to use such water for drinking purpose and over two lakh chlorine tablets have been distributed among the population in twin districts.

A high level team of Union Health Ministry is schedule to visit the districts to review and to suggest measures to deal with the situation.


First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 18:06

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