Jaundice outbreak in Pulwama village, authorities unmoved

Jaundice outbreak in Pulwama village, authorities unmoved

SHOPIAN: An epidemic of jaundice and hepatitis has broken out in Reshipora village of Pulwama district, even as locals accuse the authorities of being unresponsive over the outbreak.
Locals of Reshipora village in Awantipora belt of southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district said that the contaminated drinking water which is being provided to them has taken a toll on their health as over 50 persons, including children, have been affected by jaundice and hepatitis.
They said that a number of villagers have been diagnosed with infectious jaundice, also know as viral hepatitis, a condition characterised by yellowish skin and eyes.
Asif Ahmad, a local, said that till date people would get themselves diagnosed and prescribed treatments from different hospitals, but no official team of doctors has so far visited the area to know the real cause of the epidemic.
Residents also informed Kashmir Reader that the diseases started spreading in the village some 25 days ago but the government is yet to assess the causes and treatments for the affected. Another local said that three of his family members and two of his neighbours were among the dozens of people affected by the diseases.
Locals said that an official team including doctors should have visited the village to share precautionary measures and awareness with the residents. “First, a team of doctors should be deputed here, and secondly our demand is that a pure drinking water supply should be provided to our village so that we would not suffer more,” Jahangir Ahmad, another local, said, adding that the area has faced a potable water problem since years.
Chief Medical Officer Pulwama could not be reached for comments.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Abid Rasheed Shah said that he would look into the matter.