In December, last year, the first case of jaundice was reported in Shimla. At that time, no one could have imagined the extent to which the situation that has arrived now. In the last 60 hours, 10 people have been reported with jaundice, with three deaths.
On Saturday morning, Shimla woke up to the news of the death of Jagdish Vats, a leading High Court lawyer who was referred to PGI Chandigarh three days back after being diagnosed with jaundice. Although he was put on ventilator at PGI Chandigarh, he died today morning. 25-year old Surpiya, wife of Raman Jamalta, a young lawyer, and another lawyer Rakesh Chandel have also fallen victims to the disease causing serious anger among the lawyers community, which now proposes to take up the issue with the State High Court through a PIL.
Water samples collected by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have confirmed the presence of a dangerous virus in the water which was being supplied to the citizens from Ashwani Khad source. Experts have written to the state government saying the virus has origins in untreated sewage.
Source: Indian Express