Better late than never. Even as four new cases of diarrhoea were reported on Friday, authorities finally woke up and held a meeting to devise strategy to control cases of the water-borne disease reported from Ghanaur area in the past eight days.
Present at the meeting held on Friday were officials of the health department, Punjab Water Supply and Sewage Board (PWSSB) and Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation (PWSS) department, who mulled remedial steps to tackle diarrhoea cases in Ghanaur, 25 km from here.
Till date, 110 cases of diarrhoea have been reported at civil hospital in Ghanaur, while death of 50-year-old Avtar Singh has been reported.
Civil Surgeon Dr Varinder Mohi said that contamination of drinking water had led to diarrhoea in the region and that department officials concerned were asked to provide safe drinking water to residents.
The drinking water in the region was provided by both PWSSB and PWSS.
The lackadaisical attitude of both agencies can be gauged from the fact that they have failed to keep a check on illegal water connections on the main drinking water supply line by residents of ward number 10 (a slum area). These illegal connections contaminated the drinking water supply," Dr Mohi said.
On the hand, officials of health department have started door to door surveys to find more cases of diarrhoea to avoid any causality. "Besides, providing IV fluids, antibiotics and chlorine tablets, the residents were told symptoms and causes of the disease as also precautionary measures," an official said.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner GK Singh has sought a report in the matter and directed executive engineers of PWSSB and PWSS to visit the affected area and take action against illegal water connections.