- Children were between 3 and 10 years old
- The exact cause of the spread of the disease is not yet known
- Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children
Arunachal Pradesh Diarrhoea Update: Nine children have died due to diarrhea (vomiting-diarrhoea) in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district in the last two weeks. These children were between three and 10 years old. Officials gave this information. He said that in the last fortnight, seven children from Pongkong village and two from Longliang died of the disease. This has increased the concerns of the health officials and the district administration.
Cause of death not known
District Medical Officer (DMO) Obang Taggu said that the exact cause of death could not be ascertained as the results of the samples taken for testing are yet to come. District officials said the situation was being monitored continuously, while a medical team and an ambulance were stationed at Laju Community Centre. The situation has improved in the last few days and no death has been reported, the official said.
The samples have been sent to a private lab
The DMO further said, “The use of contaminated water and open defecation in the woodlands and the filth in the ponds around the hilly areas could be the reasons for the increase of the disease in the village.” The exact cause of the spread of the disease is not yet known, and stool and water samples of the affected children have been sent to a private lab for further testing.
Dr. Obang said that “people should reach the hospital early in case of dehydration and diarrhoea. But they are hesitant to come to the hospital. Superstition prevents them from availing health facilities for treatment.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 5.
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