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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
SAS Nagar, September 04, 2013
As many as 61 cases of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis have been reported from Azad Colony in Balongi of Kharar block in the past four days allegedly due to supply of contaminated water. Out of the 61 cases, two patients have been tested positive for cholera. All patients, including children, have been admitted to civil hospital in Phase 6 and are under treatment where their condition is said to be stable.

Speaking to HT, Dr Rajiv Bhalla, civil surgeon, SAS Nagar, confirmed that in the past four days, 61 cases of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis have been reported from the same area, which includes two cases of cholera. We have set up a medical camp in the area and patients are under observation. The district administration has been informed and we are conducting water sampling in the area.

The civil surgeon added that a medical team paid a visit to the village on Tuesday and distributed chlorine tablets. "We have constituted medical teams, which visited the locality and educated villagers about the disease and its preventive measures," he said.

"The hospital received a few diarrhoea cases on Saturday evening from the same locality, who were later discharged after treatment. However, there was a sudden spurt in the number of cases on Tuesday," he added. 

Meanwhile, the health authorities have collected water samples from the village and have sent it for further tests.

Sukwinder Singh, executive engineer, public health department, SAS Nagar (rural), said the supply to the locality is given from the panchayat, but we are looking into the reasons as to how the water got contaminated.

On the other hand, locals have no other choice but to consume water from hand pumps.

Last year, several diarrhoea cases were reported from Madanpura and Mataur villages of SAS Nagar.