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The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday warned residents not to drink water from eating houses and restaurants as cases of typhoid, a water borne disease, had increased during the last fortnight.
The municipiality’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pradeep Kariawasam told the Sunday Times yesterday these eateries were serving contaminated water from tube wells.A Sunday Times team accompanied CMC Public Health Inspectors yesterday on raids on these eating houses where samples of water were taken for tests. Several of these tests revealed the water was contaminated. Dr. Kariawasam said workers at these eating houses were the worst affected.
National Hospital Director Dr. Anil Jasinha said the hospital had admitted eight patients with typhoid. He too warned that water in Colombo was contaminated and that there was a shortage of quality drinking water. He said the drought was partly to blame.Several private hospitals in Colombo also admitted patients with typhoid.
“This water is even not safe for washing of clothes as the contamination level is very high. The samples collected and tested have established this fact,” Dr. Kariawasam said.
Dr. Jasinha advised Colombo residents to have homemade meals and boil the water before drinking.
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