Diarrhoea outbreak in Prakash Nagar claims lives of three

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2014 19:22 IST

Diarrhoea claimed the life of a man and his six-year old, besides a four-year-old boy, at Prakash Nagar, Jawaddi, on Wednesday.

Children filling drinking water from a tanker arranged by the municipal corporation after outbreak of diarrhoea at Prakash Nagar, Jawaddi, in Ludhiana on Wednesday; and (below) children being treated for stomach-related problems at the health camp in the area.

Many people living in the ‘vehra’ are suffering from stomach-related problems, including vomiting and loose motions, allegedly due to contaminated water being supplied in the area.

Taking note of the outbreak, a team of the health department reached the locality on Wednesday evening and organised a medical health camp where 17 people were found suffering from diarrhoea.

This is not the first outbreak of diarrhoea in city, as several other areas have seen numerous cases this year.

Dinesh, a resident, said Sonu, 48, and his son, Aman, died after complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea. He said while Aman died on Tuesday afternoon, his father died on Wednesday morning.

“Aman was vomiting repeatedly, following which he was taken to a local hospital. But he died on the way. Next morning, his father, Sonu, died after vomiting several times,” Dinesh added.

Sonu’s two daughters are already in a hospital due to diarrhoea. Their mother was not in a position to talk.

Diarrhoea also claimed the life of Amit, 4, who suffered loose motions and vomiting.

A resident, Chandarbhanu, said, “The municipal corporation supplies water in the area. But they have not kept a check if the water is palatable. The water supply is also erratic, and whenever it resumes, the water is yellow and stinks.”

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma claimed that cause of the death could be ascertained only after post-mortem examination.

He said body of four-year-old Amit, who died on Wednesday, had been sent for autopsy, while the two other deceased had been cremated.

He said a medical camp was being organised and it would continue till the situation improved in the locality.

Meanwhile, the municipal corporation arranged for two water tankers in Prakash Nagar and collected water samples from the spot.

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