STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: At least 10 children have died of a mysterious disease and six others taken seriously ill in Udhampur district, a senior officer said on Saturday, as various teams of doctors are camping in the affected area to ascertain the cause of the fatal disease. The deaths were reported from different villages of Ramnagar block of the district over the past fortnight after the children complained of fever, vomiting and low passage of urine. “Our survey of the affected area revealed 10 children died due to the mysterious disease in the 40 kilometres radius in Ramnagar block. The symptoms of the disease are routine that include fever and vomiting followed by renal problem,” Chief Medical Officer, Udhampur, K C Dogra said. He said six other children, all below the age of four, are still undergoing treatment at different hospitals — three in PGI Chandigarh, two at SMGS Hospital Jammu and one in Ludhiana (Punjab). “Various teams of doctors from Jammu, Udhampur and block level are camping in the affected area and we are trying to ascertain the cause of the disease,” Dogra said. District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Piyush Singla had already directed the public health engineering department to collect samples of drinking water for laboratory testing and to ensure safe drinking water is provided to the public. District health authorities have appealed to the public to not panic and consult doctors in nearby health institutions if there is any case having symptoms of fever, vomiting and low urine passage.
Meanwhile, a central team of experts, deployed by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, would soon visit J&K to investigate pediatric deaths due to unknown etiology, being reported from Block Ramnagar of Udhampur district.
The team will assist J&K Health Department to investigate the cause of pediatric deaths and instituting requisite public health measures. The team, upon completion of their activities, will submit a report to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The visiting team comprises Dr. Sumit Mehndiratta, Specialist (Pediatrics) Safdarujing Hospital; Dr. Mahesh Waghmare, Deputy Director (Microbiology), National Center for Disease Control, Delhi; Dr. Suneet Kaur, Assistant Director( Epidemiology) National Center for Disease Control, Delhi; Dr. Shilpa Tomar, Microbiologist, NIV, Pune and Dr. Avinash Deoshatwar, Epidemiologist- NIV- Pune.
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