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Diarrhoea outbreak hits Kunrathur

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Makeshift medical camp set up to provide treatment for the suburban residents

— Photo: A. Muralitharan

PROVIDING TREATMENT: A makeshift medical camp at a marriage hall in Kunrathur was opened following a sudden increase in the number of Acute Diarrhoeal Disorder cases in the locality.

TAMBARAM: There has been a sudden increase in the number of Acute Diarrhoeal Disorder (ADD) cases reported from Kunrathur, about 15 km from Tambaram. On Tuesday alone, close to 50 people from the town complained of acute problems and were provided treatment at a makeshift medical camp that functioned from a marriage hall, apart from being admitted to Chromepet General Hospital.

Since Saturday, 20 persons were referred to the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet.

While 16 of them returned to Kunrathur, four others, including two schoolchildren continued to be under observation there, senior officials of the Directorate of Public Health told reporters on Tuesday.

Residents in Kunrathur attributed the cause to drinking water supplied from an overhead water tank on Ponni Amman Koil Street. Water from this tank was supplied to several localities in Kunrathur, in addition to the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, where there were more than 2,000 students.

They charged that the tank was not cleaned in the recent past. Town Panchayat authorities refuted the charges, but added that water supply from it was stopped for now and residents were instead being provided with drinking water through tankers after chlorination.

Officials said they started the round-the-clock makeshift medical camp on Saturday, when six residents of the area complained of ADD. Till Tuesday, about 100 residents of Kunrathur, including children were provided treatment, including Intra Venous fluids.

In addition, more than 150 Public Health staff and employees of Kunrathur Town Panchayat covered 5,000 households and distributed tablets to residents.

The field staff ensured that the residents consumed the tablets, officials said. Along with workers from the local body, they had launched a massive campaign against garbage, stagnant water and spots that were ideal breeding grounds for flies and mosquitoes, they added.

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