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Jaundice cases up by 50% in two months

DNAHM73927 | 7/29/2014 | Author : dna correspondent | WC :377

With heavy rains in the city, Amdavadis are not just worried about water-logging but also the polluted water that will flow from the taps giving rise to water-borne diseases. And if the number of jaundice cases registered this month in comparison to the last two months is anything to go by, the cause of concern is very much evident.
According to the weekly health report of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), the city registered 287 jaundice cases in just 26 days of this month. From 194 cases in May to 242 in June, the cases have risen and touched 287 cases this month, indicating a rise of nearly 50% in two months. With this, the number of jaundice cases has reached 2,001 from January to July this year.
Moreover, diarrhoea, another water-borne disease has registered 656 cases this month, while typhoid touched 121 cases and cholera 19 cases.
However, this also leaves a question mark on the quality of potable water received from the civic body's water pipes. Doctors believe that if muddy water (which is a perfect recipe to breed bacteria causing diseases) gets mixed with drinking water, due to leakages in pipe, can cause water-borne diseases.
To curb the rise in these diseases, AMC has distributed 7.8 lakh chlorine tablets and collected 3,652 samples of drinking water to check the bacteriological content. It also performed 33,758 resident chlorine tests and destroyed 13,385 kg adulterated or inedible food from eateries. In this month, AMC has served 2,183 notices to various eateries of the city for littering in public area and for not cleaning their water-tanks.
Out of the total 202 food samples collected by AMC this month, 13 have been declared unfit for human consumption, while 88 samples are still being tested.

Amc oragnises  ORS week
To save children from diarrhoea, the AMC in association with Academy of Pediatrics, Ahmedabad celebrated ORS week beginning from July 23. The week also culminated with ORS day on July 29. Diarrhoea is considered as third most common cause of death among children under five years of age. Nearly 24% of the deaths between 1-4 year old children and 17% of death among 5-14 year old children are due to Diarrhoea. This can be stopped through ORS and zinc supplements. 

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