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Doctor advises villagers to stop drinking well water

Valpoi: The Community Health Centre (CHC) Valpoi held an awareness programme in Charwane village, where more than 40 villagers fell prey to epidemic caused by Acute Diarrhoeal Disease (ADD) in past eight days.Speaking to the villagers, the medical officer, Dr Varsha Kerkar explained the causes and symptoms of ADD and told all villagers to stop using well water. She said, “The test report of environmental samples like water-tested positive for coliform bacteria, and the results of stool samples are awaited as they have been sent to the Manipal centre for virus research in Manipal University, Udupi.”
“ADD is a symptom of infection caused by a host of bacterial, viral and parasitic organisms, most of which can be spread by contaminated water,” she added.Calling for urgent action to stop spreading these waterborne diseases, Dr Varsha says that in the village there is widespread contamination of water sources mainly caused by the unscientific way of disposing sewage, open defecation, uncovered well and other solid wastes into water sources. [H]

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