NHRC notice to the Government of Karnataka over the outbreak of gastroenteritis and the death of three persons after drinking contaminated piped water in Shivamogga district (13.02.2018)


New Delhi, 13th February, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that as many as three persons have died and 35 others have been hospitalized owing to acute gastroenteritis at Maidolalu village in Bhadravati taluk of Shivamogga district of Karnataka. Reportedly, the District Health Officer has stated that the consumption of contaminated piped drinking water is suspected to be the reason behind the outbreak of gastroenteritis. The piped drinking water is supplied by the gram panchayat.

The Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. It has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of Right to Life and Health of the victims as the drinking water is the basic amenity and the State is bound to ensure its uncontaminated supply.

As per news report, carried today on the 13th February, 2018, the water samples have been collected from two overhead tanks in the village and from the houses of the patients. These have been sent to the laboratory for examination. The residents have, reportedly, expressed their anguish that the water tanks are not cleaned regularly. It is further mentioned that a similar outbreak of gastroenteritis was reported from the same area in 2017 also.