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Diarrhoea alert sounded in Meghalaya villages

Shillong, Jul 5 (UNI) Health authorities in Meghalaya on Sunday sounded alert after an unusual number of diarrhoea cases were reported at Mustoh village in East Khasi Hills district.

More than 50 people have been infected in many villages of Mustoh, Ichamati, Tyrna and Sohsarat under Sohra civil sub-division, about 80 KM from here.

Medical Officer of Laitkynsew primary health centre (PHC), Dr Amazinglin Kharjana, confirmed that 11 patients admitted there, although the health centre capacity is only eight bedded, showed symptoms of diarrhoea.

She said 19 patients are admitted in Sohra Community Health Centre while five in Ichamati PHC.

“We were informed of the unusual number of diarrhoea cases on July 3 when patients mostly children came to Laitkynsew PHC and complained of loose motion and vomiting,” Dr Kharjana said, adding that on Sunday some elderly people have also complained of loose motion and vomiting.

District Medical Health Officer of East Khasi Hills, Dr Manoj Basaiawmoit and his team visited Mustoh village and collected water samples for a test to ascertain if the water in the village was contaminated.

“Initially, when our medical team from Laitkynsew PHC visited Mustoh village we were informed that children while playing often drank water whatever water they found. We presume that the cause of the infection could be due to the water they drank," Dr Kharjana said.

She said water samples have been collected and sent to Pasteur Institute, Shillong for testing but reports are still awaited.
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