Bengaluru: The novel coronavirus is not the only infection that is keeping the Bengaluru civic body busy as officials have also recorded a cholera outbreak in the city. Over the past week, 17 cases of cholera were recorded in the IT capital of the country.
Speaking to News18, BBMP Chief Health Officer Vijayendra said, “All of them are getting medication. It is sporadic. That is why it is scattered in different places of Bengaluru. The number of cases at this point is unusual because we haven’t had Cholera cases in the last two years. We have written to the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewage Board, sent water samples for testing and the results are awaited.”
In order to curb the spread of cholera, the BBMP commissioner decided to evict street food vendors in order to ensure the city’s cleanliness. The civic body also plans to undertake door-to-door campaigns in order to spread awareness about hygiene and health.
Meanwhile, social activists have opposed the BBMP commissioner’s move to evict street vendors. Lawyer-activist Vinay K Sreenivasa said, “We condemn this twitter announcement of BBMP Commissioner to evict street vendors to fight cholera. Do they even know the root causes of cholera? BWSSB and BBMP cannot even give proper UGD and water all over the city especially in slums where the cholera outbreak happened and they want to evict street vendors instead?”
“It is illegal and moral. Vendors are ready to join hands with BBMP to fight for hygiene, but they should not evict like this unilaterally,” he added.