Diarrhoea,malaria on the rise in Panchkula slums

With the onset of monsoon,diarrohea and malaria cases have started pouring in at the General Hospital in Sector 6.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: July 19, 2010 3:04:50 am

With the onset of monsoon,diarrohea and malaria cases have started pouring in at the General Hospital in Sector 6. While the number varies between two and three cases a day,it has set alarm bells ringing in the Health department.

Senior doctors in the hospital said diarrhoea cases were being reported in the OPD since the beginning of the rains and that most of these patients were from nearby slum colonies.

“Since this is a rainy season,we do have people,especially children,reporting with stomach infection. At times,they tend to fall ill due after consuming dirty water and eating out. We have been handling about three cases per day,” said a senior doctor in the hospital. Most of these are from places like Rajiv Colony,Indira Colony,” he said. Doctors say that poor hygienic conditions and unavailability of potable water were the main reasons for diarrohea.

Similarly,malaria cases have also been reported in the hospital,though the number of such patients is around three per week and these,too,have been reported from colonies.

Doctors blame it on accumulated rain water in the area which becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“It is a common sight that water gets accumulated in pits in these areas. Also they do not regularly clean desert coolers,which are also common breeding places for mosquitoes,” said Dr Rakesh Chaudhary,chief medical officer,General Hospital,Sector 6.

He,however,clarified that there was no need to press the panic button as the cases were few and far between.

“It is not an epidemic. We have about 1,000 patients visiting us from across the township. Hence,the number should not be treated as alarming figures,” he said.

The hospital also claims to be taking preventive steps to not let these diseases turn into epidemic.

“Our team of doctors are visiting colonies every week and interacting with slum dwellers about preventing these diseases. We have been regularly spraying disinfectants in open drains and pits where water remains accumulated. We also plan to approach the administration and ask them to distribute water purifying agents like potassium permanganate as well,” said Chaudhary.

Dos and Don’ts
* Do not let water accumulate in lawns,open and pits
* Clean desert coolers once a week
* Cover any open drains or sewage and also spray disinfectants in such places
* Drink boiled or filtered water
* Avoid eating from roadside vendors,especially fruits or lemonade kept in the open

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