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Epidemics outbreak in Kokernag
Lapses in diagnostics making J&K population vulnerable to killer diseases
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Outbreak of diseases in an epidemic form in one part of Jammu and Kashmir or the other appears to have become a regular phenomenon due to lack of diagnostics and timely monitoring of quality of drinking water facilities provided to the people. The latest episode of Hepatitis-C in Kokernag villages in South Kashmir is a pointer towards the callous attitude of the health and PHE departments so far as monitoring the quality of drinking water supply is concerned. After about a fortnight of discovery that this epidemic disease has spread in the villages, the state government has woken up from its deep slumber as usual and approached the centre for expert assistance on this issue because the doctors at the local level have not been able to make out what was the cause of outbreak of disease in an epidemic form. Whether the epidemic has been restricted to these particular villages or has been caused due to dirty drinking water is yet to be worked out by the authorities. It is not for the first time that outbreak of epidemics has been diagnosed in this belt. Earlier, such epidemics have been found in various parts of Jammu region and some parts of Kashmir which have been adversely affected due to supply of drinking water considered unfit for human consumption. The sources of drinking water have been found to be the major source of diseases in the affected areas but the remedial measures are yet to be ensured for prevention of the diseases and save precious human lives. Lapses on these fronts have only exposed the vulnerability of J&K citizens to any disease which can killer even in this age of medical advancements made all over the world. The government needs to gear up its agencies so that recurrence of such epidemics is prevented and precious human lives are saved.


News Updated at : Monday, February 4, 2013
 
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