Enteric disease claims a boy and many hospitalised

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Barrackpore, Oct 31 (UNI) A boy of Purba Suryanagar in North 24-Parganas died of enteric disease last night soon after being admitted at Kalayani Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital while 8 other including 6 children were still under treatment there.

The water borne diseases have been reported at a slum of Purba Suryanagar, where at least 122 families had been residing there.

Hospital sources said that a contamination of water might be the cause of infection of the patients admitted so far, whilst the local people claimed that at least 25 people had been suffering from the enteric disease.

Municipal authorities in Kanchrapara found three tubewells of the colony of which one was sunk by the Municipality were contaminated with the presence of arsenic that might made the people suffer.

The local villagers alleged that by using and drinking water of those tubewells at least 16 people had been affected from dreaded skin disease.

Jharna Begum(27), Astic Kabir (39), Kadam Bibi and Selima Bibi said they had been suffering from skin disease and now undergoing treatment at the Tropical medicine in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, the municpality has sealed all the three tube wells and arranged supply of drinking water by mobile tankers.

The municipality has also arranged to install tap water lines in the colony by tomorrow for supply of drinking water, Chairman Sankarla Basak, who visited the colony said today.


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