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Five more cases of illness due to contaminated water

MDC residents show contaminated water to health department officials on Monday. Kshitij Mohan MDC residents show contaminated water to health department officials on Monday. (IE Photo: Kshitij Mohan)
By: Express News Service | Panchkula | Posted: February 25, 2014 3:58 am | Updated: February 26, 2014 9:23 am

The district health department reported that five more residents of Haryana Employees Welfare Organisation (HEWO) Society, MDC, Sector 5, have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water on Monday. Around 30 residents of the society already taken ill in last 15 days, are suspected to be suffering from water borne disease.

One of the residents, R C Shukla said, “My son has fallen ill after drinking contaminated water. We are yet to know if he is suffering from typhoid.” High drama was witnessed inside the society as residents complained against the inaction of the office bearers of HEWO in resloving the issue. A team of police soon reached the spot to cool down the matter. Thereafter, district civil surgeon V K Bansal, along with a team of doctors also reached the spot to identify more patients. “A team of doctors have been deployed to identify more patients and provide them with adequate medical treatment. We have offered to provide every kind of medical assistance to the residents here,” said Bansal.

Meanwhile, residents continued to complain about the contaminated water being supplied at their homes, forcing many to buy drinking water from nearby market. Pushpa, a resident said, “The water that Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) supplies is still dirty due to which my husband and I have fallen ill.”

Maneesha, another resident said, “Even after installing a water purifyer, the water is not fit for drinking.”

On Sunday, relatives of the 11-year-old girl, who had died due to typhoid staged a protest at HEWO against the HUDA and the office bearer of the society. Following the protest, officials of the Public Health Department, HUDA visited the society and took water samples. They also took the blood sample of those who had fallen ill.

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