Assam: Alarming cholera outbreak in parts of tea garden areas in Dibrugarh, 2 dead so far


Amid a Cholera outbreak in parts of tea garden areas in Eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh district that left at least 2 persons dead, Naharkatia MLA Taranga Gogoi today visited Jaipur Tea Garden in Naharkatia and also the hospital where those infected with the diarrhoeal infection are admitted and took stock of the situation and the health condition of those infected.

Taranga Gogoi was accompanied by former Union Minister Rameswar Teli.

In a post on social media Taranga Gogoi informed, “Regrettably, two lives were lost to a cholera outbreak in Jaipur Tea Garden, Naharkatia. Today, with former Union Minister @Rameswar_Teli ji, I assessed the situation at Jaipur TE Hospital. I urge everyone to maintain cleanliness, as several patients have already recovered.”

Meanwhile, Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta has also expressed concern over the prevalence of cholera in the Jaipur TE and said,”I have received reports of cholera cases in Dibrugarh district and a team led by MD, NHM are camping in Dibrugarh since yesterday. Cases have surfaced from the Maijaan and Jaipur Tea Estates. When we looked into the case histories, we observed that a person had come to the area from outside Assam and he was already infected. From there on cases have spread. The team led by MD, NHM is working in close coordination with the Dibrugarh DC to deal with the situation, they are also visiting the affected areas. Not only in Dibrugarh, but the team has also reviewed the situation in Tinsukia district. Following that whatever adequate steps are required is being taken up.”

Meanwhile, doctors have advised that people must consume filtered water and must be alert against water contamination.

One of the doctors at the Jaipur TE Hospital said, “Presently 10 cholera patients are admitted here, 2 of them are weak. The others have almost recovered. It is caused due to a bacteria-Vibrio cholerae. Cholera happens due to drinking contaminated water, open defacation. When water contaminated due to open defacation infects other water bodies than people are at high risk.”

A member of the NHM team said, “We are on a door-to-door visit and explaining people what steps are needed to be taken. They must consume water only after boiling it. If someone is experiencing complications must immediately come to the hospital.”