IMPHAL, January 31: Fear of a cholera outbreak has gripped Lilong with over hundreds of people reportedly suffering from symptoms similar to that of Cholera.
According to sources, the symptoms is spreading rapidly mainly in Lilong Chingjao and Lilong Nungei village mounting tensions in the entire Lilong assembly constituency. The severely hit Chingjao and Nungei villages have in total 200 household with a population of over 350 people.
It is learnt that on January 28, a handful of villagers of the area started complaining of vomiting and loose motions. However, the infection spread like wild fire since yesterday bringing the number to around 100 people.
Even as there is no official confirmation yet on the outbreak, the sources highly speculated that it could be cholera as there is no proper sanitary system and clean water supply in the area.
The main sources of water the villages have been depending are local ponds and the river, informed the sources.
In response to contain the aggravating situation, the local body leaders conducted free medical camps with assistance from the DC Thoubal and doctors from Lilong PHC and CHC Houreibi.
During the camp, free medicines were distributed to the patients besides giving awareness on how to prevent the disease.
The medical camp conducted at the Public ground of Chingjao Nungoi Ching, was an initiative of Mv Faishal-Zilla Parishad Member of Atoukhong Zilla Parishad with Chingjao Nungoi Ching Development Club and their surrounding clubs.
Meanwhile, Dr Antas Khan vice-president of BJYM also the son of the late minister Allaudin Khan visited the camp and extended financial assistance to the organisers. He further drew the attention of the authority concerned to investigate on the possible outbreak to prevent it in time before things turn ugly.