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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

June 04, 2012

Report on Diarrhea cases at Prasanthi Nilayam:

In the last two weeks, several patients were admitted to Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital (SSSGH) with diarrhea. Culture and sensitivity of the stool revealed “Vibro cholera eltor” strain. A total number of 22 cases have been admitted, the majority of cases were from those traveling from Odisha (8 cases), UP (6 cases) and sporadic cases from Bengal, Kerala and Puttaparthi village.

As soon as the first case was confirmed to be cholera, which is a notifiable disease, the Yenumulapalli PHC Medical Officer as well as DMHO, Anantapur were notified.

Besides giving comprehensive medical care to the admitted patients, the SSSGH has also undertaken to give Doxycycline to all the possible contacts and devotees in the Ashram. Optimum chlorination of all water sources within the ashram has also been done.

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) also alerted all the canteen managers and all the residents in Prasanthi Nilayam and all the wardens of the Hostels of Sri Sathya Sai Educational institutions at Puttaparthi about the incidence of cholera immediately after the reported first cholera case on 22nd May 2012.

The accommodation officer and the managers of the canteen immediately arranged for implementing the suggestions of Director, SSSIHMS (Super hospital) as follows:

1. Maintenance of hand, food and water hygiene.

2. Boiling and filtering the drinking water.

3. Cooking and dining areas cleaned with antiseptic solutions

There is no basis for the report that the incidence of cholera is due to eating of food in the canteens of Prasanthi Nilayam. The disease is apparently carried by people visiting Prasanthi Nilayam.

The incidence of the disease has significantly come down over the past two days. Till date 22 patients received treatment and 16 patients were discharged in a healthy condition. Currently 8 number of people are undergoing treatment in the hospital. The treatment outcomes are completely satisfactory and there has been no mortality at all.

The DMHO has visited the Hospital and also met the Secretary, SSSCT on 04/06/2012, and has expressed his satisfaction over the medical and preventive measures against cholera being implemented.

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

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