The real culprit behind cholera breakout in Manimajra is contaminated water, this was revealed by the health department after examination of water samples collected from Manimajra.
According to director health services, Chandigarh, Dr VK Gagneja, as many as seven out of 23 water samples collected from the area have failed the bacteriological test. He said hydrogen sulfide test, which is bacteriological examination, was performed on the samples and it was found that the water was unfit for human consumption. He said they have also informed the MC officials about the test reports.
City mayor Poonam Sharma on Tuesday visited Manimajra hospital to take stock of the situation and meet the patients. The mayor said she will visit New Indira Colony and other parts of Manimajra along with MC officials on Wednesday morning to check the water supply lines and water disposal lines in the area.
She further instructed the water supply officials to supply water only through tankers to the affected areas in Manimajra. She said the MC will extend all kind of help to the cholera patients.
MC cleared water samples
The MC officials had on Monday claimed that the samples they had collected from the area were found fit for human consumption. When contacted, MC superintending engineer NP Sharma said, "We had taken samples from our water pipelines, but those were found fit for human consumption. We have also increased quantity of chlorine in the water. The samples, which failed must have been taken from the victim's houses."
However, the health officials said the MC doesn't conduct bacteriological study of the water. This study helps to find presence of the bacteria in the water that causes cholera.
Box: Number of affected persons reaches 12
Four fresh cases of cholera were reported on Tuesday with total number of cases reaching to 12. Apart from cholera, around 50 cases of mild/severe diarrhoea were also reported. Health department's door-to-door survey, in which people suffering from mild diarrhoea are being treated on the spot, continued even on Tuesday.