Shaziya Khanam

Baramulla, Aug 6: Water borne diseases have broken out in North Kashmir’s Bandipora, leaving scores of people sick and scores suffering from jaundice and typhoid.
The locals said, “The water that is being supplied to us is unhygienic and is not going through any kind of filtration process at the nearby filtration plant.”
“ There have been so many incidents in the past too in which a number of villages were affected and villagers felt sick. The water has a foul smell and at times insects are visible in it. Within just a few days, more than 100 people have been severely infected. We have approached the concerned PHE Department for many times to look into the matter but nothing like has been done yet” they added.
Locals believe that a dead dog was found in the filtration plant some days ago. They said the PHE employees don’t take care of the filtration plant as they should.
“It’s all because of this contaminated water that we consume. Nobody listens as there is no accountability,” said Ajaz Ahmed.
When contacted with PHE official Ubaid-ul-lah he said, “ that he is busy and can’t comment over the issue.”
“ From past some days at least 150 people complained of fever, typhoid and Jaundice.We examined them and found over 30 people who are infected and are being treated.” Medico said.
Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora, Dr Bashir Ahmed said , “ a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Bandipora was called recently to discuss this matter.”