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Elephantiasis looms over Dravali

Friday, December 07, 2018
By Shrikant Khuperkar. Photograph by Santosh Gupta

Six children from Class I and II from Dwarli village, Kalyan, studying in Zilla Parishad school have been diagnosed with the deadly disease elephantiasis. All these children have been admitted to this school this year and they hail from Bihar, UP and one is a local. Elephantiasis is often caused by parasitic worms and is characterised by enlargement and hardening of limbs or other body parts in the victim. The name comes from the patient’s body parts swelling up to massive proportions resembling the limbs of an elephant.

This correspondent contacted Ward Officer Sharad Patil, who claimed that his ward is equipped with all the necessary medical facilities and asked us to contact the medical officer for more accurate report in the case.

Raju Lavangare, Medical officer of the KDMC, said, “These students are not from our city and may have carried the infection with them previously.” He also added that, “there is a drive being conducted by Department of Health and Service of the state government as a preventive step against this as well as other diseases like malaria, with Dr Kadke at its helm.” Raju Lavangare confirms that he has ordered fumigation of the affected areas and that he has taken this matter up with Sharad Patil too.

Dr Prashant Howal from Sir J.J Memorial Hospital, said, “We have asked National Hatti Rog Niyantran to make a survey of these cases. The patients who have been tested positive are being treated to stop further spread of the disease to others in their vicinity. The disease is at its initial stages and we are conducting further tests on them to determine further course of action.”

The teaching staff at the school could not be contacted but the names of affected students are, Kajal Dinanath Yadav, Sani Sirmal Rajbhar, Riya Balramsinh Yadav, Rashi Sachin Itankar, Sohel Gulabali Sheikh and Alishan Azad Sheikh.

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