The number of cases of water-bor ne diseases, like typhoid and he patitis B are increasing rapidly in Hambran village. This problem is being caused by the contaminated groundwater, which is supplied through hand pumps to the houses of the area.
During a visit to the village, it was found that half of the residents of the village are suf fering from these two diseases. The residents allege that the factories set up in the area were pumping their wastage into the ground, thus polluting the undergroundwater.
A resident, Sukhwinder Kaur, said, “The water, which we are receiving is unclear and after boiling it, a layer of dirt could be seen on the surface. So, we have stopped drinking the water from hand pump, and are purchasing the drinking water every day from the market. Two of my family members are suffering from hepatitis B.”
Another resident , Lakhwinder Singh, said, “I am suffering from hepatitis B for the past eight months and getting treatment from Mullanpur. The doctor has advised me to drink filtered water.”
He alleged that there were many factories in the village, and they were pumping their waste into ground, thus making the groundwater polluted. Half our village residents were suffering from water-borne diseases, but the health department had not collected water samples from our village till now, he alleged.
Singh said, “Why are t he authorities selling the land to factories, when they are dumping their waste into groundwater, and when there is no check on their activities.”
Dr TS Julka, medicine (physician) at CMCH, said, “Everyday, we are receiving more than two cases of typhoid and hepatitis B. Patients generally have symptoms like fever, vomiting and headache. The cases of waterborne diseases are on rise. Earlier, we used to get few cases in a month, but for the past threefour months, the number of patients has increased. Patients are advised to drink filtered and boiled water and not to eat food from unhygienic places.”
When contacted, Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, said, “We have been collecting water samples in the district, but as of now we have not collected water samples from Hambran village. We will ask the senior medical officer (SMO) to collect the samples from this village.”