Diarrhoea, jaundice outbreak: 29 fall sick in Chuggiti of Jalandhar

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 29, 2014 21:45 IST

Health department swings into action, sends three teams to locality for carrying door-to-door survey and distribute chlorine tablets to residents.

As many as 29 people have been taken ill by jaundice and diarrhoea at Valmiki Mohalla in the Chuggiti area of the city.

The health department on Thursday sent three teams to the locality for carrying a door-to-door survey and also distributed 3,000 chlorine tablets among the residents to purify the drinking water.

Residents of Valmiki Mohalla locality on Thursday cited the contaminated water supply in the last week as the reason behind the outbreak of these water-borne diseases.

They also accused the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar for failing to rectify the fault for several days together as contaminated water mixed with bacteria had taken so many people ill.

The health department teams visited 380 houses in the locality, covering a population of 1,600 people during the survey.
Seventeen cases of diarrhoea and 12 of jaundice were detected by the health teams in report to the Jalandhar civil surgeon.

The teams also took two water samples from the locality and sent them to a laboratory for test. The report on drinking water will come in two days. The health department will also organise a medical camp in the area and will distribute chlorine tablets among the residents.

HT visited the affected area and found that contaminated water was being supplied to houses in the locality.

Shindo (60), a patient, said she was suffering from jaundice and despite taking medicines there was no improvement in her condition.

The 60-year-old claimed that sand particles were found in the drinking water supply to her house.Kulwinder Kaur (40) and her two sons Lakhwinder and Jaswinder Singh were also taken sick by jaundice. She said the health teams had distributed chlorine tablets to them.

Ajit Singh (65) said, "We have not received any tablets but we have been using boiled water for drinking and for cooking food."

Manjeet Kaur, another resident who works as a mid-day meal worker, said, "Contaminated water supply is a persisting problem in the locality. Despite raising the issue with the authorities concerned, no steps have been taken."

Civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan confirmed jaundice and diarrhoea cases in the locality.

"Prima facie, contaminated water supply is being seen a reason behind the spread of diseases. I have written to the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar to send a team to find out fault in water supply so that residents get clean drinking water," Bassan informed, adding that he would also visit the affected area along with the medical teams.

The civil surgeon further said a medical camp would be held in the affected areas on Friday.Mayor Sunil Jyoti was unavailable for his comments despite Hindustan Times tried to contact him several times.

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