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Cholera campaign launch in Assam tea gardens
Guwahati, Oct 28 (Agencies):
Published on 28 Oct. 2010 11:07 PM IST
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The Assam Government has launched massive awareness campaign in the Cholera infested tea garden localities in Sonitpur district.
The disease has spread to several tea gardens in Biswanath Sub-Division, claiming at least 20 lives till this morning. Over 140 affected tea gardens workers were admitted to different hospitals in thedistrict.
The worst-affected tea gardens located along the Assam-Arunachal border included Pratapgarh, Sakomoto, Nilpur, Majuligarh and Sadharu. According to a top Health official of thedistrict , the tea garden workers are worst affected as they are not aware of proper health, hygiene and sanitation.
It is said that the sweets sold during Durga Puja festivals in the tea gardens were one of the root causes for the epidemic.
The illicit country liquor consumed by the tea garden workers also exaggerated the problem.
Top Health department officials besides the district authorities are camping in the affected areas and supervising treatment of affected patients.

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