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Diarrhoea outbreak in Sanaur; 20 cases reported so far

Twenty cases of acute diarrhoea were reported from the Sanaur area of the district on Friday. Two people had died of the disease about a fortnight ago. Epidemiological cause for the outbreak in the area was water contamination, as drainage line was chocked.

punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2012 19:58 IST
HT Correspondent

Twenty cases of acute diarrhoea were reported from the Sanaur area of the district on Friday. Two people had died of the disease about a fortnight ago.


Epidemiological cause for the outbreak in the area was water contamination, as drainage line was chocked.

"After diarrhoea cases were reported, a rapid response team, including district epidemiologist, was immediately sent to the area. The team is distributing medicines and chlorine tablets to residents, apart from providing medical aid," said a health department official.

The health department has also taken water samples from the area and people have been advised to boil water before drinking.

However, residents are not satisfied with the measures taken by the health department following the outbreak. They alleged that due to failure of the health department officials, patients are now going to private hospitals for treatment.

They said the outbreak resulted because of supply of contaminated water by the civic body.

Nagar council president Inder Kumar, however, denied the charge that water supplied to residents was contaminated.

"All samples from the civic body water supply were found fit for drinking," Kumar claimed, as he passed the buck to the health department officials for not providing proper medicine to residents.

Despite several attempts, the civil surgeon could not be contacted for comment.