A day after the outbreak of diarrhoea was detected in Mauli Jagran,as many as 222 residents of the area have been found to be suffering from the disease. Teams from the Health Department held a medical check up camp in the area as well as conducted house to house survey today.
Eight patients,four adults and four children,were referred to the hospital for treatment. During the camp the team of doctors examined 341 people including 151 children. As many as 2765 houses were surveyed out of which 222 cases were detected. On Sunday,nine patients had been referred to the hospitals and 81 cases of mild diarrhoea were detected.
While the doctors claim that the outbreak was due to contaminated water,this was being denied by the officials of the Municipal Corporation who stated that the water that was being supplied by them fit for consumption.
Officials of the Municipal Corporation visited Mauli Jagran and conducted checks at the tubewells that are the source of water supply to the area. The amount of chlorine in the water was tested and some samples have been sent to the laboratory for detecting presence of bacteria. It was after the death of two people that a scare was created in the area. While a 13-year-old boy had died a few days back due to diarrhoea,another person who died yesterday with symptoms of diarrhoea was also a chronic alcoholic.
The death of a woman in Mauli Jagran had led to claims that it was due to diarrhoea,but this has been denied by doctors.
Area councillor Rajinder Kaur Rattu said,I had written a letter to the officials of the Municipal Corporation last month about contaminated water being supplied to the area. However,no action was taken. Rather the officials have been claiming that the water that is being supplied is clean. I have asked the officials for taking samples from the residences of the people.
Political parties have jumped into the fray and have started indulging in blame game. The effigy of Union Minister Pawan Bansal was burnt by BJP workers as they claimed that despite Bansal being the Union Minister for Water Resources,the city was facing a problem with water supply and clean drinking water was not available.