Dharwad: Lake drained after HIV positive woman's body found afloat

Harsha Raj Gatty

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Dharwad, Dec 5: Misplaced concern of villagers over the drowning of a HIV positive woman in a lake, forces the local authorities to drain water from a 19 acre lake at Dharwad. The operation that commenced last week on Saturday has already emptied 80 percent of the water and the entire lake bed will be emptied by Thursday, Nagaraj Bidarahalli, panchayat development officer of Morab tells Daijiworld.

On November 29, a body of a 36-year-old woman was seen afloat in Jagirdar Lake near Morab village in Dharwad district. Learning of the incident, the police along with the locals extracted the decomposed body from the lake and informed her family.

Based on the preliminary enquiry, Navalgund Tahasildar Naveen V Hullur told that the girl was disappointed that she could not be cured out of her ailment. "Our enquiry with the family, revealed that the victim was undergoing through a lot of depression, and that the repeated efforts of the family was not yielding any results and therefore she committed suicide," he said.

But a day later, speculation put-forth by anonymous sources ran through the entire village that due to the dead body of the HIV positive infected victim found in the lake-bed, the water has been contaminated. "We all used the water to drink, there are children at our house, how can we risk their lives by asking them to consume such water," Basavaraj, a local resident said.

Another said that if not the HIV positive disease, they are apprehensive about consuming the water from the lake which has dead body in it. “How will it matter for the officials, we have to fend ourselves if something goes wrong with our life,” another resident Suresh Naiker said.

Repeated appeal by the local authorities that the water is safe and the HIV positive is not water-borne disease did not yield any positive outcome. "We even got the local health authorities to create an awareness drive among villagers on HIV positive, but it was futile. Everyone refused to consume the water" Naveen said.

“The villagers’ gheraoed Morab gram panchayat office demanding the lake has to be emptied. Our repeated requests were in vain, hence we took up a resolution to mechanically drain water from the lake. People of the village have taken up the initiative and Panchayat is not bearing any expense,” Nagaraj Bidarahalli added.

Alternatively, the water to the village is being supplied from nearby Mallaprabha canal. "There is no problem for the villagers as far the drinking water is concerned, but we are just disappointed that this effort is all waste of money and resource, but then the villagers won’t budge," an official with the rescue effort said.


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  • Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    Foolish people, foolish act...

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  • kamala09, kaup

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    fish eating not good what? so in sea also with viral contaminated ice fish?

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  • Stan, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    Foolish act. Govt is responsible for this as its duty to educate people . HIV is not contagious and it spread only through blood contact.

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  • Ali, Mlore

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    There are some things in life ,the risk of which cant be ignored.Even if the issue is subject matter of hypothesis.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    India's problem is Lack of Education ...

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  • Michael, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    sir, when its a problem in karnataka, you blame india.
    And if the problem is outside Karnataka, you blame Modi.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    The officer who ordered this foolish venture should be taken to task immediately!

    We are already headed for a torrid summer with problems of acute drinking water scarcity, and this act of utter foolishness is highly condemnable!!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    Thats the result of not having knowledge about disease .Most of them are illiterate.When so cant make them to understand on the spot.Sure people feel not sure.but this water simply allow to drain somewhere could be used for any cultivation.One should make people clear that virus cant be active when once person doesnt alive.dies in open.Only people understand with intensive teaching.Nowadays people can live long with aids when proper medication and care.sad for the girl .who knows whether girl suecided or anyone helped it because of aids?May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can survive outside the human body for several weeks, with virus survival being influenced by the virus titer (or viral load), the volume of blood, ambient temperature, exposure to sunlight and humidity. HIV-1 viability in blood slowly decays, and the reduction in viability is more rapid when there is less blood and a lower titer of virus in the blood and when the temperature is higher. HIV cannot survive outside the body unless it is sealed within a container. Therefore, a pinprick, even if it were tainted with HIV, would be an extremely inefficient means of transmission of infection. Health care workers who got pricked with needles and medical instruments have a very low rate of infection (only 0.3%). Viable HIV-1 can be recovered from blood in syringes even after periods of storage for more than one month.HIV has been isolated from blood, semen and other body fluids from infected individuals as both free virions (cell-free virus) and infected cells (cell-associated virus). There are reports of survival of cell-free HIV in effluent water <12 hours followed by a reduction in titer 1- to 2-log in 24-48 hours. The infectivity of cell-associated HIV reduces rapidly after exposure to distilled water. However, a subpopulation of cell-associated HIV may remain infectious for up to 96 hours in distilled water.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore UAE

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    Hey Thanks alwyn for info, just one question so what about blood transfusion they do in hospital for accident victims is it safe ? a doctor once told my friend that sometimes virus sometimes is undetectable hence its trapped inside the blood for years & then slowly it starts to mature in later stage is it true ? i see a lot of people doing blood donations.

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  • JOHN, mangalore/kuwait

    Thu, Dec 06 2018


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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Thu, Dec 06 2018

    That's why they are called villagers. Come summer, they will run out of water.

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