HC seeks report on jaundice outbreak from Health Secy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 11:03:08



Staff Reporter

Seeking reply from the Health Secretary and Social Welfare Department, High Court has toughened stand on jaundice outbreak and ensuing deaths of two women in the Capital city. As the public resentment towards the district ddministration is growing, the High Court sought the reply after taking cognizance of the report presented by the team of Court Commissioners, which had surveyed the affected areas of the City. A civilian Manoj Dewangan had filed the public interest litigation after the death of his wife of jaundice in 2014. The team of Court Commissioners was constituted to probe the facts. The Double Bench of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice Sharad Gupta was informed that many localities of Raipur gripped by jaundice outbreak.

While there was no case of hepatitis in Raipur in February, there were 98 cases recorded in from different areas in March. Most of these cases are from Kanpa, Naharpara, Prem Nagar, Nayapara and Sadar Bazaar. District Hospital registered 6 whereas 17 jaundice patients were brought to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital. The Court Commissioners have also demanded compensation for the families of Kaushalya Sahu and Sushila Sahu, who died of Jaundice. The Secretary Health & Urban Administration and Development Department should be directed to hold medical camps at affected areas mentioned earlier. It must be ensured not a single drop of contaminated water reach homes through pipelines. The Court has directed the Health Secretary and Secretary Social Welfare Department to reply within 3 days. Next hearing on the PIL will be held on April 9, 2018. The team had also visited the home of deceased Kaushalya Sahu, where they learnt about health of her two daughters. Kaushalya passed away while giving birth to them. They also went to meet Sushila, but there was no one at the home.