With three cases of cholera and around 100 cases of diarrhoea springing up, Ram Darbar, a labour colony in Industrial Area, is in the grip of an epidemic breakout.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused due to ingestion of contaminated water, most likely by sewage in this case. It is far severe than diarrhoea.
According to sources at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, preliminary reports suggest that the cholera cases could go up to 10.
The number of cases could be even higher as several patients are being treated by private doctors and quacks. The residents said Ram Darbar Phase 2 was the worst affected.
Sources in health department said around 10-15 cases of diarrhoea were being reported at the local dispensary in Ram Darbar daily over the past couple of days. However, on Monday, a sizeable 90 cases of diarrhoea were reported at the local dispensary. Taking note of the situation, the local health team visited the affected area.
“After we received information from our local staff about diarrhoea breakout, we sent out teams to the area who detected around 70 cases of diarrhoea. Out of these, eight people have been hospitalised,” claimed Dr VK Gagneja, director, health services, Chandigarh.
He said after a door-to-door survey, they found several cases to be of mild diarrhoea, adding that the team would continue to visit the area on Tuesday.
According to a government doctor working in the area, who wished not to be identified, around 90 cases were identified on Monday. “We were getting 10 to 12 cases a day for the past few days,” he added.
Earlier, some of the cases were referred to various hospitals in the city. Total four patients were admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and two each to GMCH-32 and ESIC Model Hospital, Ram Darbar, Chandigarh.
The doctors in these hospitals confirmed that a large number of cases were reported from Ram Darbar in the outpatient departments.