In the wake of cases of diarrhoea and jaundice reportedly surfacing in various localities, including Gandhi Camp, Bhargo Camp and Bhagatpura, the health department and municipal corporation have blamed each other for the outbreak of these diseases.
The health department claimed that such cases had surfaced due to water contamination, while the corporation refused to accept this saying there was no contamination in the water supply lines from the corporation.
After two Bhargo Camp residents died of diarrhoea on Friday night, the corporation said one of the victims, Hanso Devi, had died of a heart attack and the other was suffering from fever.
On Saturday, six cases of jaundice emerged in the Bhagatpura locality which comes under the jurisdiction of Jalandhar mayor Sunil Jyoti.
Civil surgeon RL Bassan visited the locality and went to each patient’s house to speak to them. Health teams distributed 4,000 chlorine tablets and took a water sample from the area.
Bassan also informed the corporation about the possibility of water contamination which had led to an outbreak of jaundice and asked the civic body to rectify the supply after repairing faults.
Bassan, along with health department officials, reached Gandhi Camp to inspect the area where around 10 residents had complained of diarrhoea. Complains about abdominal pain, loose motions and vomiting continue to reach the medical camp at Bhagat Kabir temple.
Bassan said there was a possibility of contamination of water supply which had led to a disease outbreak in these localities. He said health teams had requested the corporation to repair faults in the water supply soon so that the diseases did not spread further.
“I have examined jaundice patients in Bhagatpura and a few diarrhoea patients in Gandhi Camp,” said Bassan, adding, “Medicines were being distributed in affected areas through medical camps.”
On the other hand, PS Jaggi, super-intendending engineer, municipal corporation, Jalandhar, claimed that they had not found water contamination in these three localities and accused the health deparment of making a hue and cry for nothing.
“Our teams visited Bhagatpura on Saturday morning and did not find any patient suffering from jaundice. Clean water is being supplied to people as they have given us in writing,” said Jaggi, adding that Hanso Devi of Bhargo Camp died of a heart attack and not of diarrhoea.
“Residents of Gandhi Camp too have given in writing that they are getting clean water and there is no fault in our supply,” he added.
One water sample taken by the health department on Thursday from Bhargo Camp tested non-potable, while two water samples from Gandhi Camp tested potable.
The health department will further procure three water samples each from Gandhi and Bhargo Camp localities on Monday.