The roadside snack pani puri is extremely popular all over India

(Uma Kadam/TOI, BCCL, Mumbai)

A top health official of Telangana has blamed pani puri — a common Indian roadside snack — for the large number of typhoid cases being registered across the state.

Director of Public Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday said typhoid can be called “pani puri disease”, and advised people to avoid it and other street food during the current rainy season to protect themselves from typhoid and other seasonal ailments.

Referring to the habit of many people who gulp down several pieces of this dish at the roadside shops, he urged them not to ruin their health. “You may get pani puri for ₹10-15, but tomorrow, you may end up spending ₹5,000-10,000,” he warned.

He said vendors should also pay special attention to hygiene and ensure the use of safe drinking water.

Rao pointed out that more typhoid cases are being reported this year. During May, 2,700 cases had been reported while this number stood at 2,752 during June.

Contaminated food, water, and mosquitoes are identified as the main causes of seasonal diseases including malaria, acute diarrheal diseases (ADDs), and viral fevers, which have been reported in the past few weeks.

This month alone, 6,000 diarrheal cases were registered across the state. Rao advised people to consume fresh food and boil their drinking water. He added that since January, a total of 1,184 dengue cases have been reported in the state. Hyderabad alone accounted for 516 cases. Almost all the districts reported dengue cases.

As many as 563 dengue cases were registered in June while in the first 10 days of this month, 222 cases were reported.

The state is also reporting malaria cases. He said district medical and health officers have been directed to intensify anti-larval operations. He also urged people to observe a “dry-day” every Friday to help eradicate the mosquito menace.

Rao also said though the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up during the last six weeks, people should not panic. He stated that the disease has entered an endemic stage, with symptoms being common cold and fever.

He also remarked that COVID-19 itself has also become a seasonal disease, adding that if anybody has COVID-like symptoms, they should quarantine themselves for five days. There is no need for a test if a person has no symptoms.

The director of public health said only those COVID-19 patients who experience difficulty in breathing should be admitted to hospitals. He also advised private hospitals against doing unnecessary platelet transfusions.

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