Up to 90 per cent of Kerala’s population lives in cities and the state has no shortage of saddles.
But as of now, a whopping 1.1 lakh people in the state have been diagnosed with the disease, a fact that is yet to be confirmed.
According to the Kerala Government’s latest medical report, the number of cases of saddle height increased by 30 per cent from 2015-16.
According the report, over 1,000 people had the disease in 2015-2016, with another 1,100 reported cases in 2016-17.
“While the saddle height in Kerala has decreased over the last two years, we are still not sure how much of the decline is due to a reduction in infection rates, or to the introduction of vaccines, or some other factor,” a spokesperson from the Kerala Health Department said.
“If the diagnosis is confirmed, the state government is likely to order additional saddles and a total of 100,000 of them,” the spokesperson added.
While the state’s medical experts have so far failed to identify the cause of the disease outbreak, experts from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Tropical Medicine and Biotechnology (NITM) have agreed that the cause is a combination of factors, including a rise in consumption of sugar and other additives and a rise of obesity in the population.
The new Kerala government will also be conducting a health survey in the coming weeks, and the survey will take into account the findings of the previous one.