TYPHOID CASES SOAR IN WORAIYUR
Woraiyur locality in the city has come under the radar of the health department after typhoid cases soared in the area in the past one month. According to officials from the department, more than 40 cases of typhoid have been reported from Woraiyur since September. As a result, the department with the help of Trichy City Corporation (TCC), has been conducting inspections at Woraiyur in the past few days.
“The number of typhoid cases in Woraiyur area alone is pretty high. It’s only because of water contamination – due to pipeline leakage at Pai Kara street and Salai Road,” a source from the health department said. Hence, the department, along with TCC, has been conducting door-to-door water supply inspection and check for chlorine level in the water through chroloscope. Apart from this, two medical camps have also been set up for the residents.
Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused due to water or food. In India, it’s caused predominantly due to contaminated water than food.
Rumours also started doing rounds that there were a handful of even chikungunya-causes. But the health department dismissed the claims and assured that they didn’t find any such case during their checks. “Only one elderly man was brought to us with supposed symptoms of chikungunya. But our medical check-up confirmed that he didn’t have chikungunya. In fact, no case of chikungnya has been reported since the start of the year,” an official from the health department told TOI.
Deputy director of health services, Trichy district, Dr A Subramani told TOI that intense work was being undertaken by the department with the help of the TCC. “The situation is already under control. The cases would decline henceforth,” he said.
Meanwhile, dean of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) Dr G Anitha warned the people in Woraiyur area against eating outside food for a few days. She added, “In order to stay protected from typhoid, the foremost practice which everyone has to follow is to drink boiled water. I would also urge everyone to drink water supplied by the corporation. Getting packaged drinking water doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be clean.”