KWA Water Supply Contaminated

Published on: 17 May, 2013
Published under: Kerala Health News, Kollam District News

17 May 2013

Districts Integrated Disease Surveillance Project Study have reported that the recent cases of Hepatitis A infection in Thrikovilvattam and Mayyanad grama panchayats on the outskirts of Kollam city found that the disease spread from a common source-contaminated pipeline water supplied by the Kerala Water Authority. Ninety-two persons of Thrikovilvattam and 27 of Mayyanad were diagnosed with the disease last week.

The report submitted by ISDP epidemiologist Rakesh P.S. to District Collector P.G. Thomas, through the District Medical Officer, said laxity on the part of the KWA in preventing contamination of water had resulted in the spread of the epidemic.

Dr. Rakesh said water samples collected from the affected areas were tested at the Public Health Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram.Though the Collector and the Health authorities had informed the KWA authorities about the need to plug the leakage points, no action seemed to have been taken, said. Dr. Rakesh. The ISDP report suggests measures to create awareness in the affected areas of the need to consume water that is boiled for at least 10 minutes. The KWA should ensure that chlorination is done in a scientific manner and that water is treated before supply.


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