3 more die from bad drinking water in Hyderabad
Daily Times Monitor
HYDERABAD: Three more people including two women died on Friday by drinking contaminated water in Hyderabad, a TV channel reported.
The Health Department has declared an emergency at all government hospitals of the city and cancelled doctors and paramedics’ leave. The department took the step after a breakout of gastroenteritis and other abdominal diseases among Hyderabad residents. Government and private hospitals have set up emergency counters to deal with the situation.
The number of patients suffering from gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever has been alarmingly high over the last few days. One hundred and fifty eight patients were admitted to the Civil Hospital out of them 69 were children. A woman suffering from gastroenteritis died in the hospital. “We received 338 patients on Thursday evening,” the TV channel quoted Medical Superintendent Hadi Bakhsh Jatoi as saying. A child died on Friday morning after he was brought to hospital in critical condition. Another woman, Aafiat, 60, also died on Saturday.
Hyderabad staff report adds: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) on Friday advised people to take all possible preventive measures to protect themselves from health disorders caused by the contaminated water. The WASA chief said that laboratory tests on the drinking water showed no significant reduction in contamination. He said that the Irrigation Department had said 10,000 cusecs of water released from the Guddu Barrage would reach the Kotri Barrage in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, District and Sessions Judge Hyderabad Zaheeruddin Leghari on Friday asked the authorities to take immediate measures to stop polluted water.
The judge issued the directed during the hearing of an application by lawyer Ayaz Latif Palijo against the Irrigation Department, Hyderabad Development Authority, WASA and the local bodies. The petitioner sought action against the authorities. He presented results of official laboratory tests showing toxicity in the water and an alarming increase in salinity in it. Shah Bhitai Hospital Medical Superintended told the judge that at least 320 patients had been admitted in his hospital alone over the last one week.