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Diarrhoea outbreak: 23 water samples fail test

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2013 20:25 IST
Jatinder Kohli

As many as 23 water samples collected by the health department from Guru Diwan Nagar, Tara Chand colony and other cholera-affected areas of Garha locality last week have been declared unfit for human consumption.

Six samples were sent to state-level water testing laboratory in Chandigarh and other samples were tested at the district-level integrated disease surveillance project's lab.

It is said that the drinking water supply got mixed with sewage water, which contaminated it.

Multiple faults in illegal water supply connections led to the outbreak of the disease in the area, which has already claimed three lives and around 500 have fallen prey to diarrhoea so far.

On the other hand, politicians are leaving no stone unturned to show their sympathy with residents and are seen merely doing the lip-service by paying regular visits to the disease-hit areas.

On Monday, Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee paid a visit to the area for the first time and took a round of the affected areas.

The MP's visit to the area was not included in the schedule and he was in city to attend a function at Urban Estate Phase His visit to Garha health dispensary was, however, only for 10 minutes and he did not even bother to visit the families of those affected.

The MP, however, expressed anger over the condition of the dispensary and asked officials concerned to repair the building. He however, failed to announce any financial aid from his discretionary quota.

Speaking to HT, Sunita, a resident of the area said: “These politicians come for their own sake and are least bothered about residents' sufferings.” She said the MC has failed to provide water tankers to the residents of Faggu Mohalla following which they were forced to drink contaminated water.

Another resident, Karan, said that he was suffering from diarrhoea and was on leave for the past three days.

District's epidemiologist Dr Satish Sood confirmed that all 23 water samples taken by the health department were tested unfit for human consumption.

67 new diarrhoea cases detected
On Monday, the health staff examined around 112 patients, of which 67 were found suffering from diarrhoea, apparently due to consumption of contaminated water. One of them was referred to the civil hospital.

14-year-old test positive for dengue
A 14-year-old boy, Rakshat Jain, of Sodal road was tested positive for dengue. A team of health department surveyed the locality and carried out fogging. So far, four persons have been tested positive for dengue.

Mayor 'disturbed' with continuous criticism
The continuous criticism being faced by the MC for being responsible for the outbreak of diarrhoea has apparently 'disturbed' the Mayor.

On Sunday, when local bodies minister was conducting a meeting at the health dispensary with Mayor Sunil Jyoti and civil surgeon among others, the Mayor told the civil surgeon that both, the MC as well as the health department should issue a joint statement to the media saying that it were the people, who were responsible for the disease outbreak and not the corporation.