There seem to be no let up in the cases of diarrhoea in Dasuya, as over 100 new patients were diagnosed as suffering from the water-borne disease on Saturday.
The count of patients has till now crossed over 600. Most lived in Mohala Kaintha of Dasuya where people are said to have used contaminated water supplied through public taps.
As many as 13 new patients reported for treatment at the local hospital on Saturday, of which three were referred to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar.
In a camp organised by the health officials in ward numbers 11, 12 and 12 of Mohalla Kaintha since the outburst of the disease, 102 new patients were diagnosed as positive. "We have administered necessary medicines to the patients and the serious ones were admitted to the hospital," revealed SMO Naresh Kansra.
Gobind Pal, Pawan Kumar and a child Jatin were referred to the Jalandhar hospital, he added.
"People have no option but to draw water from a cooler installed at the nearby gurdwara as they fear consuming water supplied through taps by civic authorities," said a local Nachhattar Singh.
"No senior official has visited the area to see conditions the people in the area are living in, from where nearly 500 people have been diagnosed as positive for the disease. We were hopeful that the Punjab chief minister, who held a sangat darshan in the town and was on 5-day visit to the district, would visit the area to direct the administration to arrange potable and hygienic drinking water for the residents," remarked Baldev Raj.
Had it been the time before the by-election, the whole bunch of ministers would have paid visits by turn to direct officials but now we feel abandoned, he added.
Kansra SMO told HT, "There has been a decline in the intensity of the disease. Out of 132 patients admitted in the hospital so far, we have discharged 86 patients after treatment."
"We have taken four samples of drinking water from Mohalla Kaintha and sent it to laboratory. We are making people aware of precautions to be taken. In hospitals too, proper cleanliness is being assured by using services of staff from nearby health centers," he added