Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas has asked officials at Panchayati Raj, the rural water supply and health ministry, to ensure that there are no new cases of gastroenteritis after four people in the past two days, either due to the supply of contaminated water or due to Died foods are not fit for consumption.
About 50 cases of gastroenteritis were reported in the village of Gorukallu in Gadivemula Mandal on Tuesday and Wednesday, reportedly due to contamination of drinking water supplied by pipelines. According to district collector G. Veerapandian, the pipelines were 20 years old and the water was contaminated by a leak.
The Minister of Health asked the engineers to immediately arrange for tankers to supply water to all villages in which contamination was reported.
District Medical and Health Doctor Rama Giddaiah told the minister that none of the three deaths in the village were due to gatroenteritis. He said 43 of the 50 sick people had recovered and returned home, while four were being treated at the village medical camp and three at the government hospital in Nandyal. Four people went to private hospitals where their condition was monitored.
Health Ministry officials conducted a survey to find out if anyone in the village had symptoms of gastroenteritis or other health problems.