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Valpoi villagers complain of stomach illness

13 Oct 2017 07:15am IST
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13 Oct 2017 07:15am IST

Around 30 villagers from Shelpe in Valpoi have complained of loose motion, vomiting and stomach disorders, since the past eight days, claiming the bore well and river water may be the cause

Around 30 villagers from Shelpe village, Valpoi have complained of loose motion, vomiting and stomach disorders, since the past eight last days, with now four villagers being admitted to the Primary Health Centre, Valpoi.

Earlier, around 15 villagers were also discharged from the primary health centre.

According to villagers they seem to be suffering these problems due to drinking dirty and yellow coloured water from the bore well and the village river.

Villagers are saying that almost 15 villagers were admitted at Valpoi Community hospital and have been discharged for the past eight days. However, they do not claim to be treated and seem to be suffering from the same symptoms.

Many villagers are also taking treatment at home with locally prescribed medicines, as some are reluctant to go to the hospital for check up.

Shelpe village, which is located 9 kms away from Valpoi town, has 60 houses, with 300 residents.

“I have loose motion, vomiting and stomach problems since past week. So I went to the hospital and got admitted for two days, after which I was discharged. They have done my sonography and given me tablets, but I am still not cured,” says villager Gurudas Vithal Gawas.

“I have not got myself admitted in the hospital, but have done a check up and the doctor gave me some medicines, but I am still getting loose motion and have stomach problems,” said another villager Vishal Gaonkar.

Satyawan Gaonkar says his father “got loose motion and was vomiting, so we took him to the doctor. But he is not cured till now. We are drinking dirty water from the bore well and the villager river for the past many years, that's why we have got these problems.” 

In my family, my daughter, husband and I have the problem of loose motion and stomach disorder. Because of this my daughter was not able to attend her exams and she missed her English and Science papers, a woman pointed out.

“After we were informed, we have taken samples of water and sent it for testing. The report will come in on Thursday evening. We have also told the villagers not to use bore well water and we are now supplying tanker water,” said assistant engineer, water supply department Valpoi Eknath Paste.

“There are only three patients admitted in the health centre complaining of loose motion,” Heath officer Gajanan Naik said.

Such an incident has been reported for the first time in the village.

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