Three medical teams from the health department were sent to Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran after a diarrhoea outbreak was reported in the area on Sunday. So far,81 cases of mild diarrhoea and nine of moderate severity have been detected. The nine patients have been referred to various hospitals.
The medical teams were sent to Vikas Nagar after the death of an area resident Diwan Singh. While doctors state that he was a chronic alcoholic,he suffered from diarrhoea on Saturday night,following which he died. A few days back,a 13-year-old had died of diarrhoea. The two deaths have caused a scare in the area.
The health department teams held a medical camp on Sunday,where 242 people including 115 adults and 127 children were examined. Majority of the patients were found to be suffering from mild diarrhoea. Of the nine cases of moderate severity,five have been referred to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital,Sector 16 and four to Manimajra. The medical team consisting of pediatricians,physicians and SMO incharge of Manimajra also surveyed 2,565 houses. Dr G Dewan,Deputy Medical Superintendent,GMSH-16 said that when the incident was brought to the notice of the health department,teams were deployed to provide relief to the residents at their doorstep.
Diarrhoea is a water borne disease caused due to consumption of dirty water. There are eight tubewells,through which water is supplied to the area. Officials of the Municipal Corporation claim that the water samples were recently tested and that the water was found to be fit for drinking.
The area residents,however,claim otherwise. Fearing tension in the area,police were also deployed at the spot. The area councillor Rajinder Kaur Rattu claimed that there were no problems with the water supply to the area.
Meanwhile,Superintending Engineer (Public Health) R C Diwan said,The water that is being supplied in the area is chlorinated. The water had earlier been tested and found to be fit for drinking. Samples have been collected again and these would be tested.
A few months back,diarrhoea cases were reported from Sector 38 when the residents of a rehabilitation society fell sick. It was then found that with the pipelines for sewerage and water supply being placed close to each other,drinking water was mixing with sewerage.