Jaundice epidemic in Shimla district, Administration ban sale of ‘Golgappa’


In the wake of the outbreak of jaundice epidemic in the part of Shimla town and rural areas of Shimla district adjoining Ashwani Khud, the District Administration clamped the ban on the sale of ‘Golgappa’ and other eatables in open in the town as precautionary measures.

The Administration took this action after convening a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Shimla Mr. Dinesh Malhotra to check the outbreak and epidemic that has so far infected 800 people and taken 2 lives in the town. He told media persons after the meeting that people should only take tap water in the town. It was also decided to provide clean water in more public taps which would be installed in the town soon.

District administration also urged Shimla residents to clean their water storage tanks. Mr. Malhotra also directed Irrigation and public health officials to check the water supply regularly. “Regular sampling should be done at various places to check the water quality,” he said, adding, “Besides this proper chlorination should be done,”

District Administration would also send teams comprising health officials to sensitize people about jaundice. “People need to take precautions in such situations. We will send health officials in different areas to aware people,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra also decided to give clean water from water dispensing machine at Vikasnagar outer area of Shimla town – free of cost. Earlier the clean water was availed by spending 50 paise per litre but now District Administration has decided to give clean water free of cost.

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