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One more cholera case, total reaches 50

Earlier, a large number of cholera cases were reported from house number 700 to 853 and 1,600 to 1,700.

Written by TANBIR DHALIWAL | Chandigarh | Published: August 17, 2015 1:50 am

ONE MORE cholera case was reported in the city on Sunday, taking the total to 50.

On Friday, the number of cases was 41. In the last two days, nine new cases were reported. On Sunday, five new cases including one case from Mauli Jagran and the rest four from Manimajra were reported.

Dr V K Gagneja, Director Health Services, said that bacterial contamination had been found in tubewell number 6,7 of Manimajra and tubewell number 4 of Mauli Jagran. The water samples taken by School of Public Health, PGI, revealed that water of tubewell number 2 in Manimara was also unfit for drinking.

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As per health workers, the cholera cases are now not limited to Indira Colony but sporadic cases are also reported from nearby areas. A case each was earlier reported from Rajeev Colony and Mori Gate in Manimajra.

“Earlier, a large number of cholera cases were reported from house number 700 to 853 and 1,600 to 1,700. The source of water was tubewell number 7 which was found to be contaminated and was closed by MC. Now cases have started coming up from houses in the line of 100 to 800. Their source of water supply is tubewell number 2 whose sample has also failed the test,” said a health worker.

Two days ago, a team of experts from the School of Public Health, PGIMER, did an inspection of the area and later submitted a report to the Municipal Corporation, wherein they highlighted the loopholes and suggested a few measures to control the situation.

Talking to Newsline, Dr J S Thakur said, “There is an urgent need for improving the water supply to the area. Municipal Corporation should increase the timings of water supply or make it 24×7. Also, we have found a lot of filth and sewerage water surrounding the water pipes. These areas should be cleaned and covered with mud.”

He suggested that the MC should immediately identify leakage points in water pipes and fix them.

A junior engineer said, “All water samples taken by the MC have passed the chlorination test. The problem occurs when these residents use motors. Negative pressure occurs in water pipes and sewerage water is sucked inside the water pipes, causing infection.”

Asked why not the MC supplied regular water supply, the official said, “The residents have violated norms by constructing three-storey buildings.”

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