PCMC closes contaminated water line that triggered cholera outbreak; 133 patients with symptoms identified

PCMC closes contaminated water line that triggered cholera outbreak; 133 patients with symptoms identified

PCMC closes contaminated water line that triggered cholera outbreak; 133 patients with symptoms identified

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PCMC has identified and closed the contaminated drinking water line which resulted in the cholera outbreak in Dhawade Wasti, Bhosari.

20 June 2024

Pune- The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has identified and closed the contaminated drinking water line that led to the cholera outbreak in Dhawade Wasti area of Bhosari. The PCMC reported its first case of cholera infection in a 19-year-old youth on June 8, and till now, ten patients have been diagnosed with the water-borne disease. Out of these 10 cholera patients, six are admitted to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) and four patients are receiving treatment at New Bhosari Hospital.

According to Dr. Laxman Gophane, health officer of PCMC, the condition of all ten cholera patients is considered to be stable and they are under observation. A joint surveillance was conducted by the PCMC Health Department along with the Water Supply Department in the entire area to identify the source. The contaminated water line found during the survey has been closed immediately to prevent the further spread of the disease. Furthermore, during its surveillance, authorities have identified over 133 patients depicting cholera symptoms.

Shortly after the outbreak, a field hospital was set up at Dhawade Wasti and health teams have started conducting door-to-door surveys to identify the patients. The PCMC health team has visited over 14,000 houses and examined over 39,000 people living in the area. As mentioned by the assistant health officer of PCMC, Dr. Abhaychandra Dadewar, the patients have been provided with sufficient medical management on an OPD basis and have also been called for follow-up. Around 20 out of these 133 patients displaying severe symptoms have been admitted at YCMH, New Bhosari, and Talera Hospital.

The chief engineer and head of the water supply department of PCMC, Shrikant Savne, has stated that all water lines in the area have been covered and a series of water sample batches have been sent to the laboratory. The test results are yet to arrive.

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