Diarrhoea spreads; UT confused on death toll

274 more cases reported; total in last three days crosses 1,150

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: July 5, 2012 2:07:47 am

274 more cases reported; total in last three days crosses 1,150

Even as diarrhoea continues to spread across the city spanning the peripheral colonies as well as urban areas alike,the UT Health Department’s nodal wing to tackle vector borne and water borne diseases refuses to acknowledge the reports of deaths. So far unconfirmed reports have put together the death toll due to diarrhoea at six,including Durgawati (47),Diwan Singh (55),Vijay Kamat(19) and Kashih (2). However,the Health Department is yet to ascertain if the cause of death is diarrhoea and is not owning these deaths.

This is despite the fact that the family members of the victims have been claiming these were indeed diarrhoea cases,caused by drinking contaminated water supplied by the Municipal Corporation (MC). In each case the deceased had excessive loss of fluids and recurrent vomiting after consuming water from taps,causing the deaths.

To clear the air on the diarrhoea deaths,the UT Health Department today sent its personnel to the residences of the deceased to collect the medical records of each of the them individually. A probe has been handed to the Department of Community Medicine,Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32 (GMCH-32).

Sources in the Health Department said that the community health department team would visit the areas,starting from Vikas Nagar,and speak to the locals to ascertain the cause of deaths.

A senior official of the Health Department said,“At this point of time,we cannot be looking into the causes of deaths. Our immediate job is create awareness among the residents and ensure proper treatment to those who are already suffering. As it is,unless we have the medical records of each one who died,we cannot confirm.”

Meanwhile,with cases being reported both from the peripheral colonies and the urban areas of the Tricity,the disease is spreading rapidly. As more and more cases are pouring in from Vikas Nagar,Adarsh Colony,Nayagaon,DMC colony,Mauli Jagran,Ambedkar Colony,Baltana,Behlana,Sector 20,Sector 23,Sector 34 and Sector 38,the UT Health Department has issued warnings against using water directly from taps for drinking.

A total of 274 cases of diarrhoea have been reported today,of which 108 are children. Seventeen of these patients have been referred to the GMSH-16,seven to GMCH-32 and six to Government Hospital,Manimajra. The total number of cases reported in the past three days is more than 1,150.

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