Out of 52 patients examined in the medical camp on Saturday, 24 were diagnosed with diarrhoea. Majority of the patients were from the nearby area of Prakash Nagar, including Jawaddi Khurd, Jawaddi Kalan and Punjabi Bagh.
Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said total 362 patients were diagnosed as suffering from diarrhoea till now. Of these 58 patients were referred to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital and of them 18 were discharged after treatment.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal also visited the diarrhoea-affected area, Prakash Nagar, on Saturday, along with municipal commissioner Pradeep Agarwal and Dr Batta.
After visiting the area, the DC said unhygienic condition of the “vehras” was the main cause for the outbreak of disease.
The DC said no proof had been found regarding contamination in water supplied by the municipal corporation. Primary investigation pointed out at the conditions of the “vehras” as the prime cause.
He said, “People not aware about the importance of hygiene in the area and thus invite diseases unknowingly. To make people aware about such things, a fortnight diarrhoea awareness campaign will be observed from July 28.” Jawaddi councillor Tanveer Dhaliwal said, “People living in ‘vehra’ do not care about hygienic conditions. They keep drinking water in dirty utensils. The water and sewerage pipes are also not installed in these ‘vehras’, which cause contamination at times.”
The DC asked the health authorities to follow up with the patients. He said the mobile numbers of the patients should be noted in the medical register so that proper follow up could be done.