Pudukottai: Supply protected drinking water

CPI(M) plea to district administration

PUDUKOTTAI: The Pudukottai district committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) urged the State Government and the district administration to take immediate steps to provide protected drinking water to Killalur village in Kundandarkovil block in Pudukottai where five persons had reportedly due to kidney problem in the last two years.

The district committee of the CPM which met here on Monday under the chairman of district executive committee member M. Udayappan had stated that the drinking water in Killalur village had more calcium content and this had caused kidney ailments to many people.

Establish PHC at Kullukottai

According to M. Chinnadurai, Pudukottai district secretary of the CPM, the meeting had also passed a resolution requesting the State Government and the Collector to take steps for establishing a primary health centre at Kullukottai village in the district so that the people in the villages would be benefited.

Another resolution requested the Government to appoint more doctors and para medical staff in the Government hospitals.

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Tamilnadu: Vaigai drinking water project to be inaugurated

MADURAI: There is some good news for the residents of Madurai.

From October 24, the Corporation of Madurai would be in a better position to provide drinking water to its residents from the Vaigai reservoir.

The project, which was in the pipeline for several years, has at last been completed at an estimated cost of Rs.74 crore.From THE HINDU

Tamilnadu: Thanjavur-Noon meal centres to serve boiled water

THANJAVUR: The District Collector, M. S. Shanmugham, has ordered that boiled drinking water should be served in noon meal centres during rainy season.

He inspected the preparation of nutritious noon meal at the primary school in Kattukurichi of Ammapettai panchayat union on Tuesday.

He said that anganwadi and noon meal cooks should report for duty at 9 a.m. to their respective workplaces, boil the drinking water and provide only protected boiled water to children for drinking purpose.

Safe water: Collector M. S. Shanmugham interacting with children at the primary school in Kattukurichi in Ammapettai panchayat union on Tuesday.

Safe water: Collector M. S. Shanmugham interacting with children at the primary school in Kattukurichi in Ammapettai panchayat union on Tuesday.

Block development officers should check whether boiled water was provided to children.

Stern action

Stern action would be taken against the noon meal staff if children were infected with water borne diseases due to consuming unprotected drinking water.

The Collector also inspected the desilting of a tank in the village under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi scheme.

He also checked the stock available at fair price shop in Thittai.

Nirmala, Block Development Officer, Ammapettai, accompanied the Collector during his visit.

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Unicef-UN: Vaccines, hygiene could stop diarrhea deaths

LONDON – Diarrhea causes one in five child deaths across the world but getting important vaccines to Africa and Asia could help save many lives, two U.N. agencies said on Wednesday.

Some 1.5 million children die each year from diarrhea, — more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined — yet only 39 percent of children with diarrhea in developing countries get the right treatment, the World Health Organization and the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said in a report.

Vaccinations against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhea in babies and children, as well as better sanitation and proper rehydration treatment would help solve the problem, they said.

Vaccines, hygiene could stop diarrhea deaths: U.N - Reuters

Vaccines, hygiene could stop diarrhea deaths: U.N - Reuters

Rotavirus causes around 40 percent of hospital admissions from diarrhea in children under five worldwide, according to the report, and vaccination against it has recently been recommended for all national immunization programs.

Only a few, mostly developed and richer nations include rotavirus vaccine in routine childhood immunization programs, but the WHO has been working to make two vaccines — Rotateq from Merck & Co and Rotarix from GlaxoSmithKline — more widely available in developing countries.

“Accelerating its introduction in Africa and Asia, where the rotavirus burden is greatest, needs to become an international priority,” said the report.

It also said two mainstays of diarrhea treatment — zinc supplements and low-osmolarity oral rehydration salts — are still hard to come by in many poorer countries.

“We know what works to reduce child deaths from diarrhea and what actions will make a lasting reduction in the burden of diarrhea,” Tessa Wardlaw of UNICEF and Elizabeth Mason of the WHO said in a commentary in The Lancet medical journal.

“We need to make the prevention and treatment of diarrhea everybody’s business, from families and communities to government leaders to the global community.”

More than 80 percent of child deaths due to diarrhea occur in Africa and South Asia and just 15 countries account for almost three quarters of all deaths from diarrhea among children under five each year. India has the highest number of annual deaths at 386,600.

The report set an action plan to try prevent more childhood deaths from diarrhea. It stressed that simple steps like encouraging hand washing, promoting breastfeeding for small babies, and discouraging open defecation were crucial.

“Nearly one in four people in developing countries practice open defecation,” the authors said. “And despite some recent progress, only 37 percent of infants in developing countries are exclusively breastfed for the first six months.”

An estimated 88 per cent of diarrheal deaths worldwide are due to unsafe water and poor sanitation or hygiene, they added.

By Kate Kelland – Reuters

Coimbatore Railway Junction lacks safe drinking water supply

Coimbatore: Despite being the second largest revenue spinner next only to Chennai, passengers leaving and arriving Coimbatore Junction are provided only with bore well water drawn from Valankulam for drinking, as the Junction is yet to get Siruvani water supply.

The railway station fetches a daily revenue of Rs. 30 lakh and an annual revenue of Rs 110 crores through passenger and freight charges. Enquiries revealed that the Southern Railway approached the civic body one-and-a-half years back for a water supply connection, with a request that they need close to one lakh litres of water a day. Then, the civic body had asked the railway authorities to wait till the water scarcity gets over. Thereafter, efforts were never pursued for getting a connection.

Coimbatore Junction

Coimbatore Junction

The railway authorities are at present sourcing water from a bore well sunk near Valankulam, a polluted water body. The water drawn from Valankulam was supplied through 62 taps at the railway station. Earlier, there was a water pipeline at the Coimbatore Junction with a supply of 5,000 litres a day.

Owing to lack of facilities to store water, the connection became useless. Medical and Sanitation wing officials at the Coimbatore Junction said that though the water is drawn from the bore well, adequate attention was being paid to treat the water and make it safer for the public use. But, the same was being disputed and challenged by activists who have subjected the water for laboratory examination.

Considering the present storage level in Siruvani reservoir, Southern Railway authorities have renewed their efforts and are on the job of applying for a “bulk” water supply connection besides construction of tanks for storage.

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Safe Water: Scientific method to supply safe drinking water to be evolved

MADURAI: A State-level meet on the problem of drinking water contamination will be held in Chennai on September 30 under the auspices of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, by inviting scientists/ water managers.

During the one-day ‘analytical exercise,’ the main sources of water contamination in both urban and rural areas will be identified and a scientific roadmap for supplying safe, pure and palatable drinking water to people evolved, according to S. Vincent, Member-Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology.

He told The Hindu here on Saturday that scientists and water experts from the DST would attend the meeting and sensitise authorities to the problems of contamination.

Officials from the State, including the Public Works Department, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, besides the Surface and Ground Water Data Resource Centre would be among those who would participate in the meeting, he said.

“A national-level project has been unveiled to prevent contamination of water bodies. As part of that initiative, the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology is holding a meeting,” Dr. Vincent said. The outcome will be submitted as a report at a similar national level-meeting being organised by the DST in New Delhi on October 6 and 7. As per instructions, five locations in Tamil Nadu would be identified soon to study the problems of quantity, quality and contamination of water resources. Places with a population of 10,000 to one lakh will receive special attention. The DST is deputing its scientists/officials to interact with State Governments on this issue.

“The objective is to evolve a common strategy for the prevention of water contamination so that people can get pure drinking water in future,” Dr. Vincent said.

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West Bengal – India: tea workers die as employers fail to provide safe drinking water and sanitation

In late August 2009 an outbreak of diarrhoea and dysentery occurred in the tea gardens around the town of Birpara in North Bengal (part of West Bengal state in North-eastern India). Despite laws in India which specify that plantation workers, which includes tea workers, must have access to safe drinking water, medical facilities and proper sanitation, employers flaunt these laws regularly. The result is the state health system is overloaded and workers die from preventable diseases. The following video includes an interview with Dr Joydeb Barman, Superintendent of the Birpate State General Hospital, on the impact of the outbreak.

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