At least 117 gastro enteritis patients were admitted to the Civil Hospital at Dasuya in Punjab where spread of cholera and gastro enteritis cases was reported in some districts.
Senior Medical Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital Dr Naresh Kansra said the number of gastro enteritis patients in the hospital had increased to 117 today from 79 yesterday.
A two-and-a-half-year old child in a critical condition was referred to the Institute of Medical Sciences,Jalandhar,the SMO said.
Meanwhile,64 of the admitted patients had been discharged today,Kansra said,adding,three mobile teams of medical staff were attending to the patients in the hospital.
Meanwhile,the Municipal Council (MC) had replaced the leaking water supply pipes which were considered to be the main cause for spread of gastro enteritis.
The MC was also supplying potable water through water tankers in the area as a precautionary measures,officials said.
Dr Sardul Singh,SMO Civil Hospital here at Hoshiarpur said that out of 10 seized water samples from the hospital wards,nine were found un-potable.
Out of four stool samples collected,he said,Vibrio cholera was confirmed in two.
Cholera had claimed the lives of three persons in Patiala district of Punjab recently.
Dr Avtar Singh,Civil Surgeon,Hoshiarpur,said that anti larva teams had been deputed in the area for anti-larva spraying.
Meanwhile,Punjab Local Bodies Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat yesterday reviewing incidence of spread of cholera and gastro enteritis cases in some districts issued strict instructions to all officials of Civic Bodies to take remedial steps.