JORHAT: The number of persons affected by food poisoning in Majuli island of Assam's Jorhat district has gone up to 400.
Complaining of acute stomach pain, vomiting and loose motion, the people from three villages have rushed for medical treatment at Goromur Pitambor Devogoswami 100-bed Sub- divisional Hospital, Sub-divisional Medical Officer Dr Manik Mili said. As the condition of the 400 patients admitted at the Goromur Hospital did not improve, Dr Mili said all of them were shifted to Jorhat Medical College Hospital in the district headquarters today.
There are only four government doctors in the island and unable to handle the flow of patients. All the 22 children, shifted to JMCH yesterday, were stated to be stable by hospital superintendent Dr Bobijit Goswami. All the affected people from three villages -Kakhorkotagoan, Pohumoragoan and Silakolagoan - had eaten prasad of soaked chickpeas, green moong dal and fruits at a religious function at the residence of a person in Kakohorkotagoan under Goromur Police Station yesterday.
Meanwhile, the district administration has instituted an enquiry and instructed the sub-divisional officer to probe the cause of the mass food poisoning in the world's largest river island, Jorhat district Deputy Commissioner Solanki Vishal Basant said.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, meanwhile, ordered a probe today into the food poisoning incident. According to an official release, Gogoi directed the state health department to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report to him at the earliest.
He also asked the Health department to provide best of medical care and treatment to the ailing patients admitted at Goromur Pitambor Devo Goswami Sub-divisional 100-bedded Civil Hospital in Majuli and at Jorhat Medical College Hospital.
The district administration has also instituted an inquiry and instructed the sub-divisional officer of Majuli to probe the cause of food poisoning.