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CM office asks for report of diarrhoea outbreak

punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2012 14:07 IST
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The chief minister office has sought a report from Patiala deputy commissioner GK Singh on the outbreak of diarrhoea in a colony.

About 50 cases of diarrhoea have been reported in the last couple of days from Sanjay Colony in the city.

Municipal corporation commissioner Gurlavleen Singh Sidhu and civil surgeon Varinderpal Singh Mohi were engaged in a verbal duel over the causes of the outbreak of the disease.

While Mohi blamed the disease on the contaminated drinking water due to some illegal connections in the colony, Sidhu had maintained that there was nothing wrong with the water.

Following the directions from the chief minister's office, the deputy commissioner, GK Singh, along with the commissioner and civil surgeon, visited the colony on Friday.

During his visit, the deputy commissioner directed the corporation officials to fill a stinking pond in the colony. He asked the civic body to convert the area into a park.

The deputy commissioner also discovered that several residents were illegally indulging in pig farming from their residences.

He asked the MC to take stern action and issue challans against such persons.

Singh asked the civil surgeon to ensure regular health check-ups of the patients and provide the required medical aid to them.

Singh said the drinking water samples from the area were found to be safe, but he asked the civic body to ensure proper chlorination of the water.

Though the municipal commissioner had earlier maintained that there were no illegal water connections in the vicinity, the corporation on Friday disconnected 20 such connections.

Sidhu said the department had distributed nearly 5,000 chlorine tablets, and had launched a cleanliness drive in the area.

The health department has also set up a medical camp in the colony. The civil surgeon said that several serious patients had been referred to the Rajindra Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, the residents of the colony claimed that the number of cases of diarrhoea was much more, as many patients were undergoing treatment at private hospitals.

Harnek Singh, one of the colony residents, said the action of the administration was much delayed, as the disease had already spread considerably.

He said the MC must ensure proper cleanliness and flow of sewerage, which was the only way to control the disease.