Health authorities wake up to gastroenteritis outbreak in two Kupwara villages

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415 patients treated, helpline established: BMO

Azad Hussain

Kupwara, Aug 12: Health authorities in Kupwara district have finally woken up to gastroenteritis outbreak and started mass screening and awareness of people in the affected two villages of Kupwara district of north Kashmir.
Jagerpora and Kawari villages have been engulfed by the communicable disease “Gastroenteritis” since past three days. “About 638 souls has been detected so far in these two villages, out of 638 patients 223 were admitted besides two medical campus has been organised in the area” said BMO Kupwara Dr Fareed adding that a medical team including doctors, lab technicians and paramedics has been deployed for continuous screening of the villagers.
He said that precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the infection from spreading. “The gastroenteritis disease is communicable and can spread, so the medical team is conducting awareness program to prevent the spread of infection,” the BMO said.
He said that situation was “under control” and the villagers don’t need to panic.
Locals of Jagerpora and Kawari villages blame Public health Engineering (PHE) department for supplying contaminated water in these remote villages due to which hundreds of locals of Jagerpora and Kawari villages had been hospitalized due to outbreak of gastroenteritis in these villages. “PHE department has failed to supply clean water to us due to which disease namely gastroenteritis outbreak in our village” said locals of Jagerpora. They demanded immediate action against the PHE officials.
Meanwhile, Health authorities have established 24×7 helpline to ensure the medical facilities in worst affected Jagerpora and Kawari villages. “People of Kupwara district in general and people of these two affected villages in particular are requested to call on the below moblie and landline numbers in case of emergency, numbers are 7780826497 and 01955252278” said CMO Kupwara Dr. Prahlard Singh.
“Locals of Jagerpora and Kawari villages are requested to drink boiled water” he added.