Puducherry declares public health emergency amid ADD outbreak

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The Health Department of the Union Territory of Puducherry has recently announced a public health emergency in Karaikal amid the outbreak of Acute Diarrhoeal Diseases (ADDs) and the worsening of the water quality in the region.

In a press release, G. Sriramulu, Director of Health, said that the number of cases reported for ADD is increasing. However, most water samples are not up to the mark, in terms of quality.

Some patients have also tested positive for cholera disease as more and more cases are reported every day in hospitals.

Based on these findings, the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services has declared acute diarrhoea a public health emergency in Karaikal district.

All supervisory and remedial measures are being taken in coordination with the healthcare teams from Puducherry and line departments like Municipality and PWD. Standard Operating Procedures and Instructions are given to the groups coordinating.

As per guidelines, public members are advised to follow basic hygiene practices, like consuming only boiled water (boiled at least for 20 minutes) and washing and cooking food properly, and to adopt personal hygiene like washing hands and sanitizing if any person close to them develops symptoms.

According to the press release, measures have been undertaken to make safe drinking water available at hotels and public places.

A. Anbalagan, AIADMK Puducherry East secretary, recently condemned the government for what, according to him, is negligence that resulted in the reoccurrence of the diarrhoeal disease, including cholera, which has considered to have vanished almost 25 years ago from the country.

He said that the government did not take 30 people being infected with cholera seriously a couple of months ago. Due to this, now, around 7,000 people have contracted the disease in Karaikal alone.

He further urged the Chief Minister and Lt. Governor to improve drinking water supply and sewerage in Karaikal and take action against the officials if any negligence caused by them resulted in outbreaks.

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