Since Monday, June 5, it is believed that 120 kids in Bengaluru’s Electronic City have become unwell as a result of tainted water in a private apartment on Hosa Road in Choodasandra.
A team from the Bengaluru’s Singasandra Primary Health Centre (PHC) and the health division of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) visited the flat to assess the situation. Doctors and members of the health department have been requested to keep an eye on the situation on Thursday, June 8. When the kids and a few elderly people complained of diarrhoea and vomiting, they were rushed to the hospital.
A resident named Praveen Nair claimed in an interview with The Hindu that children began becoming sick on Monday morning with symptoms like vomiting, diarrhoea, and fever. According to the doctors that the parents consulted, the children became ill after drinking water that was contaminated. According to Mr Nair, water was contaminated because there was no proper water treatment facility, and the tank was not cleaned. Water tankers and a borewell deliver water to the apartment.
Another neighbour reported that his neighbour’s youngster had viral gastroenteritis and said either food poisoning or contaminated water brought it on. The residents believe the latter because no large gathering was hosted at the flat.
The resident added that the apartment society in Bengaluru had its water tested in March, indicating pollution. The builder was given the same report to address the issue, but nothing was done. Not just water, he claimed, but also other problems plagued the residence.
According to Dr Naveen K., a medical officer from Singasandra PHC, a team had been dispatched to monitor the situation. He said, “We are suspecting that the children fell ill due to water contamination, but it can only be confirmed after proper tests. No child is in danger and all are under medical care. They got medicine from nearby OPDs. The team will continuously monitor their health.”