Food poisoning : 200 fall ill in community feast

Imphal, Nov. 3: The people of Thanga in Manipur’s Bishnupur district have urged the administration to take up emergency medical reinforcement as the more than 200 people, including children, who fell ill after eating at a community feast on Monday are in a bad shape.

Thanga is about 49km from Imphal and 6km from Moirang, the nearest town.

H. Kulachandra Singh, convener of the Thanga Kendra Development Committee, told reporters here today that many of the patients were serious but the 10-bedded Thanga primary health centre, which has only two doctors and four nurses, did not have sufficient beds to accommodate all of them

 
 
 

“There is no supply of medicines at the health centre. The families of patients are forced to procure medicines, which are hard to get at Thanga, themselves. There has been no response from the district administration. The chief medical officer of Bishnupur district came and distributed some oral dehydration powder. Apart from this, the state has not yet offered any help to the patients,” he added. People who attended the feast on Monday complained of acute stomach pain, vomiting, loose motion and high fever early morning on Tuesday. Hundreds of them were rushed to the primary health centre that day. As the number of patients increased, the doctors referred some of them to hospitals in Imphal.

“Almost all the patients are serious. The state must immediately reinforce medical teams at Thanga,” Kulachandra Singh said.

He blamed the government for not taking up proper inspection at food markets and demanded compensation for those affected.

Officials of the food safety and control department visited the venue on Tuesday and collected samples of the food served at the feast. The report is awaited.

A source said the edible oil used for cooking could have caused food poisoning.

Thanga MLA T. Mangababu visited the primary health centre yesterday. He said he had apprised health minister D. Korungthang of the matter.

Agreement signed

The civil aviation ministry, Manipur government and Airports Authority of India signed an MoU for implementation of regional connectivity scheme in the state in the presence of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and Union of civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju at the office chamber of Ibobi Singh in Imphal today.

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