At least three people have died while many others fell sick with suspected cases of malaria at Teguaram village in Tousem subdivision of Tamenglong district, Manipur.
The deceased persons have been identified as Namgichakle, aged about 80, and Pourang, aged about 65. Another four-year-old, Pouningteu died on Tuesday morning after being bedridden. They all reportedly showed signs of weak immune systems.
According to locals, many people were sick with fever, coughing, body ache, running nose, etc. and suspected to be suffering from malaria. A few days ago, a medical camp was held in the village and medicines were provided by a medical team.
When contacted, Tamenglong chief medical officer Dr G Majachunglu said that the deceased persons were bedridden, and they were reported to be weak in immune system. A medical team is ready to visit the affected area on Wednesday. However, the condition of roads is deplorable, she added.
She mentioned that the villagers reported of many people falling sick with fever, coughing, body ache, running nose, etc. Necessary tests will be conducted and the disease will be examined, she added.
Meanwhile, Tousem Primary Health Centre (PHC) medical officer in-charge Dr Nathanael Daimai appealed to the public not to panic.
He said that a medical camp was just held on Sunday and he had also distributed medicines while treatment was being given to the affected persons.
He also narrated about the shortage of manpower in PHC Tousem. He said that two MOs were posted in the month of May. However, both were transferred out again in the month of July even before joining, he said. Again two doctors were further transferred during the month of July but they also left before joining, he added.
Another doctor was posted again in the month of September recently but has not joined till date. Only one doctor posted in the corner of the district, he added.