Around 60 new diarrhoea cases were reported from industrial labour colony, Ram Darbar, on Thursday. ESIC model hospital received most of these cases, according to sources.
“These cases were of mild diarrhoea. The patients were discharged soon after they got the treatment. Many of them were given treatment on OPD basis,” said hospital officials.
Earlier, the UT health department had collected 10 samples of water from the area and the examination report of those samples was found to be fit for human consumption.
Around 400 diarrhoea cases have been reported from the area so far. A three-year-old child, a resident of Ram Darbar, phase 1, labour colony, died on Tuesday of diarrhoea at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh. The death had triggered protests too.
MC cleans up water pipes
The public health department of the Municipal Corporation (MC) finally woke up and cleaned most of the water pipelines of newly installed tubewell and also collected water samples.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chandigarh has already ordered a probe into the matter.
HT had highlighted how contaminated water was supplied through one of the new tubewells installed by the MC in Ram Darbar.
The MC had allegedly supplied water without testing the tubewell water. A senior Municipal Corporation official said, “We should have tested it before the releasing water from the tubewell.”