SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Allahabad health department takes steps to prevent epidemic

Indian health officials in Allahabad took several key steps on Sunday to prevent an epidemic from spreading in the Kumbh Mela area following last week's rains.

Health department officials conducted a cleanliness drive and surveyed the area around the pilgrimage, disposed of garbage, used anti-larval sprays in all 14 sectors, and visited camps to take care of sick or injured patients. Doctors at Kumbh's central hospital said on Sunday that seven cases of gastroenteritis, diarrhea and other injuries were given necessary treatment at the facility, the Times of India reports.

"We have been taking all precautionary measures in the post-shower scenario and teams have been deputed to clear the drains and toilets under the drive," BP Singh, a health department official, said, according to the Times of India.

Singh said that stagnant water can be dangerous following rain because the water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"Medical teams have been dispatched to all 14 sectors to spray anti-larval chemicals and also coordinating with Jal Nigam officials in this regard," Singh said, according to the Times of India. "People could also register their complaints with control room and necessary steps are being initiated to offer adequate medical treatment."

The health department shifted as many as 47 patients on Saturday night to other hospitals for better treatment and care. Some doctors and hospitals in the area were given round-the-clock duties to effectively care for patients, the Times of India reports.