As many as 40 cases of diarrhoea have been reported from various parts of the Badsar revenue sub-division of the district.
Of these, five cases have been reported from Barsar, four each from Barsar, Maslana Kalan and Bhalat; three cases each from Thana Brahamana and Pathliar, and one case each from Dhabriana, Chambeh, Singwin, Kaswar, Harsour , Butlar, Kheri, Kotlu, Chaproh, Lohani, Bhakreri, Kauwa, Tikker Brahamana, Barhni, Aghar, Banoh Rajputa and Nara.
An official spokesman said teams of the health department had visited the affected villages and awareness activities were conducted informing people about importance of drinking clean water, washing hands and hygiene.
The teams were led by medical officer health Dr Sonika Ranaut, Barsar block medical officer Dr Balram Dhiman and paramedical staff and nurses.
On conducting a survey in and around the area villages, the teams found that traditional water sources used for drinking water, such as wells and stepwells, were not chlorinated adequately.
The team also visited the pump house in Harsour, which serves Bani, Barsar and Garli areas. The water filter beds at the treatment plant were found to be under maintenance and non-functional.
The executive engineer of Badsar division of the irrigation and public health department said water was being chlorinated at storage tanks and not in the treatment plant.
The teams found that the patients had a mixed consumption of water from the traditional sources and IPH supply and also attended some local feasts before they fell sick.
Meanwhile, the district administration has directed the irrigation and public health and health departments to ensure proper chlorination of water in the affected villages.