One person has died while at least 300 have been afflicted with diarrhoea in an outbreak in Mauli Jagran. The cases have been reported gradually over the past several days, and Diwan Singh, a 55-year-old man from Vikas Nagar, succumbed to the water-borne disease on Saturday night.
The death led to resentment among the residents who blamed Diwan's death on the contaminated water. Ajay, a resident of the locality, said they have been making complaints to the MC about contaminated water, "but nothing has been done so far".
On Sunday, the health department swung into action and set up some makeshift hospitals with eight doctors, and also stationed some ambulances in the local temple. The hospitals saw long queues of patients for the entire day. Till the evening, around 250 patients were examined, and the doctors revealed that most of them were suffering from diarrhoea, some of them at the acute stage. Of the patients, 100 are children.
The people who were suffering from acute diarrhoea were shifted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and other hospitals. The gravity of the situation is such that the health department even formed several teams of doctor to conduct a door-to-door survey so that any casualty could be avoided. However, when contacted, RC Diwan, superintending engineer, public health department, said, "There is no lapse on the part of the MC. We have even sent the water samples for testing, and we have in fact been supplying proper chlorinated water. There is no chance of diarrhoea outbreak in the area."
According to doctors, people in the affected area should use boiled water. The elderly and children must be especially taken care of, because dehydration sometimes leads to kidney failure. Give them ORS continuously, and if ORS packets are not available, give them a mixture of sugar, lemon and water.