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Thursday, June 10, 2010

India, Chennai : Cholera outbreak at Aynavaram

Via Express Buzz :

" CHENNAI: Fifteen days ago, Kamala was one of the first women at Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Aynavaram, to be diagnosed with cholera. Since then, 25 more cases of cholera have been reported from three streets in Aynavaram alone. These reports came in, despite Mayor M.Subramanian's denials of any recent chlolera outbreak.

The official records reflect only cases undergoing treatment at the Communicable Diseases Hospital (CDH), Tondiarpet. Most patients from this area are admitted at nearby private hospitals.

"There are still at least 15 persons on the streets who are under the cholera attack and undergoing treatment at nearby private hospitals," said Dharamaraju, a resident.

The residents complained that treatment at private hospitals costs up to Rs 10,000. Sundarajan, a resident, paid Rs 3, 000 for the treatment of his 14yearold son who is still recovering from cholera while some others had to pay up to Rs 5, 000.

Residents blame the overflowing drainage pipes as the cause for the disease and discoloured drinking water. Yashoda, a resident from the third street, said, the coporation officials distributed tablets to only a few of the houses in the area during an afternoon, while many people were not even aware that the tablets were being distributed."

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