Gastro threat looms large; over two dozen cases reported so far

Gastroenteritis out-break looms large over various congested localities of the city,including Sunder Naga,New Madhopuri and Shivpuri where over a dozen cases of gastroenteritis have surfaced during the past two days.

Written by Sameer Kumar Sharma | Ludhiana | Published:July 11, 2009 3:43 am

Gastroenteritis out-break looms large over various congested localities of the city,including Sunder Naga,New Madhopuri and Shivpuri where over a dozen cases of gastroenteritis have surfaced during the past two days. A few gastro cases have also been reported from the areas like Bindra colony,Nanak Nagar and Mahavir Jain colony,it is learnt.

Nearly 10 cases of gastroenteritis from Sunder Nagar locality alone have been admitted to the local hospitals in Sunder Nagar and same number of patients from Madhpuri have also been undergoing treatment at the local clinics.

The inhabitants of some vehras in New Madhopuri (Gali No. 15) said that the water supply had been faulty over the past few days and various residents of the vehras there were falling ill with stomach problems.

The residents of Madhopuri had also staged a dharna over the problem of water contamination last month and the MC team had later declared that the water supply was not faulty. However,residents claim the water being supplied was still not clean.

“The water we are drinking is murky sometimes indicating there has been some pipe leakage somewhere. We have been complaining about this but to no avail,” Noor Mohammad,an inhabitant of Gali Number 15 at New Madhopuri rued,while tending to his three neighbours admitted at Jain Hospital at Sunder Nagar. “Many of the inhabitants of Gali No. 15 are suffering from the disease,” he said.

Among those who have taken ill with gastroenteritis are children and infants as young as four-month old and 11- month old. Some of the patients admitted in Jain Hospital from New Madhopuri locality included Shankar Yadav (30),Harichand (9),Pankaj (28),Babli (15 months),Vicky,(14),Lal Bahadur (42) and Chhotu (16) among others.

“We have a submersible pump at our vehra and the water we are getting from this is of bad quality. The MC has also not taken many steps to ensure that water supply to the area from another source,” another inhabitant of a vehra in New Madhopuri said.

The doctors at Jain Hospital said the hospital was receiving patients of gastroenteritis from these localities daily. “We have been receiving patients of the disease from these areas on a daily basis,” said Dr Pooja Bhaskar at Jain Hospital. In another adjoining area of Sardar Nagar,the residents have also been protesting against the supply of water being contaminated.

When asked,Dr SS Dhir,district health officer,said,“We have taken five samples of water from Sunder Nagar and Madhopuri to ascertain whether the water supply,as alleged by the residents of the locality,is contaminated.”

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