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Villages in grip of chicken pox

Several residents of Durgapur panchayat claiming to suffer from chicken pox for the past two months have accused the government of not coming to their relief.

The residents allegedly suffering from chicken pox have not gone to primary health centres in the region. They have gone to local doctors who have prescribed them homeopathic medicines, which have provided little relief.

The panchayat, around 310km northeast of Patna, comprises Durgapur, Kushwaha Tola and Sahani Tola villages and around 200 people have fallen ill. Kameshwar Prasad Singh, a resident of Kushwaha Tola, died of suspected chicken pox last month.

The symptoms of chicken pox include high fever, body ache and itchy rashes on the body. It is contagious.

Baleshwar Prasad Singh, the brother of the deceased, told The Telegraph: “Last month, my brother fell ill and I took him to a local doctor. He diagnosed him with chicken pox and prescribed him homeopathic medicines. But he died after three days and then the disease spread to the entire village. No team from the health department has visited the village.”

The district civil surgeon is on leave. The official in charge, district immunisation officer Nawal Kishore Prasad, said: “We have come to know that the Durgapur panchayat is in the grip of chicken pox and one person has died. But we are yet to know the exact cause of his death because no post-mortem was conducted. The medical officer in charge of Baradi public health centre has been directed to visit the affected villages and submit a report. If required, a medical team would be sent.”