New Delhi: The Central Government’s repeated attempts to suppress International health magazine Lancet’s claims went in vain when Delhi antibiotic team on Tuesday alerted the capital with the superbug threat.

According to the scientists, there is a high probability that the superbug has passed through the animal fodder into the groundwater and rain water.

The enormity of the situation was clearly defined in the NCDC report posted on its website on the government’s antibiotic policy.

“The bacteria can travel from animal fodder to humans and even make its way to the groundwater and rain water”, policy reference four read.

Giving references to the 1997 World Health Organisation report, it has also stated that the bacteria can also make the human body drug resistant.

In order to investigate the state of affairs, National Disease Control Center (NCDC) will commence its scientific research next month.

Government’s reaction to Lancet’s claim also came as a shock to many. However, after facing the music from all ends, government ultimately agreed for the investigation, which will take place with the earlier decided antibiotic policy research.

Earlier, this research was confined to the antibiotics programme but now the drinking water used in some prominent hospitals will also come under it and NCDC will be completely responsible for it.
Under the operation, Delhi’s three hospitals including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and Lady Harding’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will be examined appropriately.

To discuss the reported presence of the superbug in the capital's public water supply, the Union Health Ministry and local authorities also met here on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of National Centre for Disease Control, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Jal Board.

The Lancet had published its first article on the NDM-I superbug on August 11 last year following which the Indian government had registered its protest.

Lancet Editor Richard Horton had subsequently while on a visit to India apologised for the bacteria being named after New Delhi.

The journal again came out with an article last week claiming to have found the presence of NDM-I in the capital's public water supply. The report was dismissed by the Union Health Ministry.

JPN/Bureau