Even as the threat of gastroenteritis and other seasonal diseases looms large over many areas, the health department has failed to reach the interiors of the slum areas of Focal Point, which is evident from the missing awareness campaigns and non-distribution of chlorine tablets.
Unhygienic conditions in some of the colonies in the Focal Point area have become a cause of seasonal diseases. To top it all, residents of these slums are forced to drink contaminated water as there is no arrangement for the potable water supply in these areas.
According to doctors in the area, skin and other infection cases have become common in Prem Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Deep Colony and other colonies of the Focal Point area. On requesting anonymity, a doctor in the area said the patients having less platelets and typhoid were coming in routine. He further said some cases of diarrhoea had also been reported this week.
A visit to Focal Point reveals the unhygienic conditions under which residents have been living in. Filth-ridden and water-filled roads dot the area.
"People living in slum areas are suffering from skin, nose and ear infections. Unhygienic conditions and over-crowding, too, increase the risk of skin and ear infections, Dr Amritpal, who runs a clinic in a slum area.
In many shanties, four to six people are living under one roof and there is little attention to hygiene. The doctor added that a team of doctors found many people suffering from various infections and stomachache in the camp, which was recently organised in the area.
According to doctors, the unhygienic conditions can give rise to gastroenteritis and other diseases.
But, it seems the administration is waiting for the disaster to happen as there are no awareness camps being held to make people aware about health issues and chlorine tablets aren't being distributed to those drinking who are consuming water from hand pumps.
"Heath teams are conducting awareness in various areas. We will conduct a survey and take water samples from these colonies soon. The necessary steps will be taken," District epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma said
Rajiv Gandhi Colony awaits clean water
Even after reports in these columns about residents in Rajiv Gandhi Colony being forced to consume contaminated water, the administration has failed to do the needful.
MC joint commissioner AS Sekhon said the colony was illegal but they would soon make available safe drinking in Rajiv Gandhi Colony.