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Dengue fever death calls for an emergency meeting

Madurai, May 18 (): The Usilampatti municipality called for an emergency meeting of officials and elected representatives on Thursday following the death of an eight-year-old girl and incidences of rise in deaths due to dengue related fever here in Usilampatti .

The emergency meeting discussed the prevention measures with opposition councilors demanding the alteration of the irregular water supply in the local body.

Shanthakumar’s daughter Sandhya from Madurai, who went to her relative’s house for attending a village festival, suffered dengue fever for three days and after getting admitted in a hospital in Madurai succumbed to the dreaded disease on Wednesday.

As the news spread all over the area, the local body took the decision to take stock of the situation. The sudden death has caused panic in the region as the local people is suspecting the drinking water to be polluted, said E Sundaram, councillor of 7th ward, where the death has taken place.

Initially the drinking water was supplied every two days from Vaigai. Then due to some technical problem, water was supplied by the municipalities from local bore wells on Theni Road, tasting salty.

People started to store drinking water in containers which infected the water as it was supplied just once in fifteen days. Therefore the villagers had to raise the issue in the council to which the concerned officials have promised to solve the problem, added Sundaram.

However, sanitary inspector of Usilampatti R Selvaraj has denied the charges of dengue fever or water pollution. After investigating the total area it was revealed that no other dengue fever cases are reported from anywhere.

Municipal commissioner (in-charge) Thangapandian said that the emergency meeting was conducted in response to the sudden death of the girl and also to provide with precautionary measures to avoid the panicky situation. He also said that it is true that technical difficulties are being faced by the water board, regarding  drinking water, but the problem will be rectified soon, he assured.