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Sudden diarrhea outbreak sends hundreds to hospital

Update : 09 Apr 2015, 07:03 PM

A sudden outbreak of diarrhea in the Chapainawabganj municipality have put hundreds of patients in hospital, with the number increasing at an alarming rate.

The outbreak was caused by a bacteria in the water supply. On average 60 to 70 patients are being admitted daily at the Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital where 450 people have already been treated in last one week.

With not enough room in the hospital wards, many patients are being treated in the corridors and balconies of the hospital. The limited number of hospital staff are severely struggling to keep up with the influx of patients.

Resident physician of the sadar hospital Shafiqul Islam said: “Most of the patients with diarrhea are from ward number 13, 14 and 15.” Although the number of diarrhea patients is increasing everyday, the physicians are saying there is no reason to panic.

Chapainawabganj Civil Surgeon Dr Md Alauddin said: “The diarrhea is being caused by bacterial infection through the water supply of the municipality. The poly flower bacteria was found in a water sample sent to ICDDRB in Dhaka.”

He said the health department issued a cautionary public announcement in the affected areas to use boiled water and stay away from stale food, and added: “Further necessary steps will be taken once the final report of the water sample test comes out.”

The municipality authority is also issuing public announcements in the affected areas to use the supplied water carefully but is yet unable to provide an alternate water supply.

When contacted, the health department informed that a letter was issued in regard to the polluted water to the municipality authority with instructions to take necessary steps but Chapainawabganj municipality Executive Engineer Sadequl Islam said he did not get any such letter.

No medical teams have yet been formed to tackle the outbreak, aggravating the concern among locals. 

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