With the change in climate, the cases of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea have started spreading in the rural areas of Bokaro district. Dozens of cases of diarrhoea have been reported from Babugram under Chandankiyari block in the district.
A number of patients are being treated and administered saline at Bokaro Sadar Hospital and Muskan Hospital, Chas.
State Land and Revenue Minister Amar Bauri accompanied by a team of medical experts visited the affected areas and directed the doctors to keep the medicines, such as Saline water, ORS powder, Metron tablets including other needful always available in abundance. He also asked the hospitals to be ready to deal with diarrhoea cases.
Minister also asked the Chandankiyari Medical Officer in-Charge Dr Srinath to organize medical camps in those villages as well as in the affected areas until the situations is back under control.
To tackle the situation Vedanta-Electrosteel has also extended hands for providing healthcare to rural mass under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and deputed a mobile health van with a team of doctors at Chhatatand Village.
“Besides spreading awareness we are distributing free medicines to the patients. The sprinkling of bleaching powder is on across the village and on the bank of the ponds,” said P Sanyal of Vedanta-Electrosteel.
“Due to the shortage of drinking water in several villages, people are forced to drink contaminated water from ponds without boiling, which creates the bigger problem,” said health officials. District health department officials suggested the villagers to be extra vigilant while consuming any food including water.
Diarrhoea is usually a symptom of a bowel infection (gastroenteritis), which can be caused by the virus- such as norovirus or rotavirus; bacteria- such as campylobacter, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), Escherichia coli (E. coli), salmonella or shigella and also by parasitic organisms, said Dr Srinath.
In view of the rising diarrhoea cases in the district, district health department official urged the masses to keep their neighbourhood clean. “Drink boiled water and take freshly cooked food, drain the sprouts, sprinkle bleaching powder around the ponds, wells and hand pumps,” the doctor said.
If anyone is found having symptoms of diarrhoea, they should immediately rush to the local hospital, urged the health official.