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AMC on toes as waterborne diseases on a rise under sweltering summers

Updated: May 21st, 2024

Waterborne diseases

Amid the scorching heat waves, the health department is battling on multiple fronts in Ahmedabad as the city stands witness to a rise in the number of waterborne and vector borne diseases.

In the past 18 days, 1,078 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting and 300 cases of typhoid have been registered.

A total of 24 cases of cholera were reported in the city’s Ramol, Hathijan, Danilimda, Lambha, Bhaipura, Indrapuri, Vastral, Jamalpur, Khokhra, Sarkhej, Vatva, and Amraiwadi wards this month.

In addition, 107 cases of jaundice are also reported. The rising cases of cholera have become a cause for concern for the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC)’s health department.

AMC vigilance

86 water samples supplied by the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have been declared unfit for consumption.

To check the chlorine content in the water supplied by the AMC, a total of 10,189 water samples from across the city were taken for residual chlorine testing in May, out of which 446 samples received a nil chlorine report.

A total of 2,956 water samples were taken for bacteriological testing, out of which 86 water samples have been declared unfit for consumption.

There were also 44 cases of mosquito-borne dengue and 26 cases of malaria in the city. Eight cases of seasonal flu were reported in seven zones of the city.

A total of 514 cases of seasonal flu have been reported from January to May.