In a tragic incident, nine children, aged between 3-10 years have died of diarrhoea in Pangkong Village under Lazu Circle of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap District.
The Tirap District Medical Officer (DMO) in-charge Dr Obang Taggu confirming the outbreak noted that the cases were reported ‘randomly’ over the last two weeks and added that the situation is under control now.
“The consumption of contaminated water and open defecation, apparently in woodlands and nearby water bodies along the hilly terrains might be the reason behind the disease transmission in the village,” – he stated.
Dr Taggu, however, asserted that the exact reason for the disease transmission is yet to be ascertained, and added that stool and water samples of the affected persons have been sent to a private laboratory at Khonsa and Assam’s Dibrugarh for further analysis.
The DC has instructed the medical team to stay at the village community hall to monitor the situation closely and be available 24/7 for any emergency requirements.
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