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Filth raises diarrhoea alarm in Dhanbad
- Civil surgeon allays fears as civic bodies cite resource crunch for poor sanitation work

Poor sanitation and lack of civic measures have given rise to diseases in Dhanbad district with several persons admitted to hospitals with diarrhoea and dysentery symptoms.

Although the health authorities refused to confirm all as diarrhoea cases, they did admit that the unclean and unhygienic surroundings were to be blamed for the sudden spurt in diseases.

Jharia, Nirsa and Dhanbad town account for the maximum number of patients. In Jharia, at least six persons, suffering from frequent bouts of vomiting and stomach upset, were admitted to different private hospitals on Wednesday. On Thursday, five more persons fell ill in Gulgulia Patti in Jharia, prompting the local health department to rush a team to the locality.

In Dhanbad’s Barwaddah, four persons have been admitted to state-run Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). Nine persons are being treated at a medical camp conducted by the health department at Khas Jharia village in Nirsa.

Civil surgeon Sinha, however, allayed fears. “Though diarrhoea cases are being reported from several parts of the district, the situation in not like an epidemic. Of the six persons admitted to Jharia hospitals, only two have tested positive for diarrhoea. The remaining are suffering from dysentery. In Nirsa too, only one person has been diagnosed with diarrhoea,” he said.

But Sinha did admit that lack of sanitation measures by the twin civic bodies — Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) and Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) — had led to the outbreak of diseases.

“In some areas of Jharia, the condition is really pathetic,” the civil surgeon said.

Of the 55 wards under DMC spread across five circles, Mada carries out sanitation work in 22 wards, including 11 each in Jharia and Katras circles. DMC looks after 33 wards in Sindri, Dhanbad and Chatabad.

Managing director of Mada Ravindra Singh said: “We are suffering from an acute crunch of resources and managing garbage cleaning work with only two tractors provided by the DMC.”

Chief executive officer (CEO) of DMC Ashok Kumar Banka said efforts were being made to purchase more equipment like payloaders and tractors. “We are awaiting an approval from the DMC board for issuing a tender to make the purchases after which we can provide vehicles to Mada to carry out sanitation in Jharia and Katras,” Banka said.

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