There was panic in Chak Mehra village on Monday as suspected diahhroea patients started reporting to hospitals in the area from early morning. By Monday evening, 130 patients had been examined.
Of these, 45 were admitted in the civil hospital and four in a private nursing home. Six patients from the civil hospital were later discharged. At least one patient is suspected to have died of the disease, though the health authorities did not confirm it.
"There are rumours that three patients have died of diarrhoea but only one patient, Chanan Kaur, is learnt to have had diarrhea problem but she had other health issues too. She died in a private hospital on August 3. No other death has been caused by stomach infection," civil surgeon Dr Avtar Singh Jarewal said.
Jarewal met patients at the medical camp organized in the village. He said that people who consumed water supplied by the government were falling prey to the disease. Those who consumed water from other sources were largely left unaffected by diarrhoea, while adding that samples had been sent for examination.
Meanwhile, the outbreak sent the public health department in a tizzy. It stopped water supply to the village and instead arranged water tanks to meet residents' demand. Executive engineer RL Dhanda reviewed the measures being taken to ensure clean water supply.
He revealed that all connections had been checked and those found to be faulty were being removed. "People have used PVC pipes for connections. At many places, these pipes are running amid stagnant water. We are checking each and every component and take possible measures to correct the faults," he informed. He claimed that the work would be completed in 2-3 days.