The Telegraph
Thursday , August 21 , 2014
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Rashes and boils surface

- Residents blame PMC for spurt in skin diseases

The waterlogging menace in several areas has started taking a toll on residents’ health.

Rekha Neogy (75), a Jakkanpur resident, has developed rashes on her legs. Her neighbour Banoshree Majumdar (66), too, has developed a scar on her left leg.

“I did not see PMC workers sprinkling bleaching powder. We are at the risk of water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases,” said Neogy, who was quite angry with civic officials for their alleged laxity.

Banoshree said she was not the only victim of waterlogging in her house. “My brother-in-law’s son Vinayak Majumdar had fractured a leg. After coming into contact with the dirty water, the pain has increased,” said Banoshree.

Experts warned that living in dirty water for prolonged period could cause cholera, jaundice, gastroenteritis or even malaria.”

Dr V.P. Sinha, head, skin department, Patna Medical Colege and Hospital, said: “One can mix halogen tablets in drinking water.”

When The Telegraph tried to contact ward number 18 councillor Baleshwar Singh, his cellphone was switched off.

Vishal Anand, executive officer, New Capital circle, said: “We have not been able to flush out water from Jakkanpur as rainwater is continuously flowing in from the DVC Colony.”

On sanitation measures, he said: “We can’t sprinkle DDT in waterlogged areas. We sprinkle DDT only where rainwater has been flushed out.”

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