Diarrhoea and gastroenteritis cases continued to spring up at Parkash Nagar, Jawaddi, on Friday.
As many as 50 patients were examined at the medical camp being organised by the health department at the community centre, Street No 3, out of which 28 were confirmed to be suffering from diarrhoea. A total of five patients were referred to the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital.
However, the patients are not only from Parkash Nagar, but from several other adjoining areas, which are also reportedly facing problem of contaminated and stinking water.
Of the 28 diarrhoea cases reported on Friday, only five were from Parkash Singh Nagar, while the rest were from nearby areas, including Chotti Jawaddi, Punjab Mata Nagar and Jawaddi Kalan.
Manu, who lives in a ‘vehra’ at Punjab Mata Nagar, said her seven-year-old son was suffering from diarrhoea for the past three days, even as there were around five kids in her area vehra suffering from stomach-related problems.
Rakesh Kumar of Chotti Jawaddi, said, “The municipal corporation has sprung into action only now, but when we repeatedly complained about water contamination, no action was taken. There are many kids in our locality who are suffering from one or the other stomach problems for the past week.”
Meanwhile, former MLA Tarsem Jodhan, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar, also fell prey to diarrhoea. He was admitted to civil hospital on Friday.
His son, Navdeep Jodhan, said, “We brought him to the medical camp as he was not well and from there he was referred to the hospital.”
In the past three days, 53 patients from the area had been referred to the civil hospital, said emergency medical officer (EMO) Dr Jasbir Kaur, adding that most patients were being discharged after treatment.
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said round-the-clock medical camp was running in the area and all patients were responding well to treatment.
“A total of 648 houses have been surveyed covering a population of 2,798. Forty three group meetings have been conducted to spread health education. As many as 400 oral rehydration salts (ORS) packets, 1,750 chlorine tablets and pamphlets have also been distributed for awareness,” he added.
Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu, senior medical officer of Primary Health Centre, Sahnewal, said 16 teams of doctors and medical staff had been deployed in the area and water samples were being collected.