Scores ill as water-borne diseases break out in Tanghdar villages

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TANGHDARScores ill as water-borne diseases break out in Tanghdar villages

Peerzada Sayeed

Srinagar, May 10: (GNS) Water borne diseases have broken out in many villages in Tanghdar area of frontier north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district, leaving dozens of people sick and scores suffering from jaundice and fever.

Reports reaching GNS said around 200 people are being treated at Sub District Hospital (SDH) Tanghdar and at several Primary Health Centres (PHCs) which include at Teetwal, Nawa Gabra and Chittorkot. Twelve patients have also been referred for specialized treatment to Srinagar.

“The water being supplied to areas bears foul smell and has other impurities in it. It has been taking a serious toll on our health,” locals told news agency GNS.

Accusing administration of adopting lackadaisical approach, the locals said the authorities are playing down the issue. “The whole population is suffering while the authorities are yet to respond into this matter,” they said.

The locals said the Sub-district hospital and health centres are running short of medicines while no doctor is available to see the patients. “Only para-medical staff is available at PHCs while a single doctor is present at SDH Tanghdar. The said doctor is a retired physician reinstated under NHRM,” they said.

The locals further said that non-availability of medicine is taking a serious toll on them. “In the absence of medicines we have to move to private shops to buy them on exorbitant prices,” the locals added.

When contacted, the BMO Tangdhar Mohammad Yousuf admitted non-availability of medicines at the PHCs. He however assured that the issue will be addressed on fast-track basis. “There has been shortage of medicines at the health centres…the need will be fulfilled as the stocks are to arrive very soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the health experts urged people to refrain from excessive consumption of spice-rich cuisines and asked them to take boiled water for drinking purposes. (GNS)