Scores of residents of Hardshiva and Pazalpora villages in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have been hit by jaundice outbreak as a team of medicos was rushed to the area to contain the spread of the disease.
Recently, around 500 residents of Mundji village were affected by the disease.
Locals said that scores of men, women and children in the area have fallen sick with the condition of 10 patients said to be severe.
“The medicos confirmed outbreak of jaundice in the locality after some people were found with its symptoms,” they added.
An official said that health department has pressed men and machinery into service to treat the affected and prevent further spread of the disease.
Dr Samiullah, Block Medical Officer Sopore, told that filthy and untreated water was responsible for the outbreak of the disease in the area. However, he added that authorities have advised people to follow precautionary measures while affected are being provided medical intervention.
Locals said that for the past ten years, the water tankers in the area had not been cleaned up. “The projects functional under some schemes provide filthy and untreated water,” they alleged.
Meanwhile, expressing resentment against PHE authorities, the locals demanded that the department should ensure supply of clean and safe water.(GK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch