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Human Rights Commission seeks reply on diarrhoea cases in Sihora village

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission on Monday took a suo moto notice of the outbreak of diarrhoea, allegedly because of contaminated water, at Sihora village in Payal tehsil and sought reports from the Punjab health director and Ludhiana civil surgeon.

punjab Updated: Jul 08, 2014 12:37 IST
Vandana Singh

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission on Monday took a suo moto notice of the outbreak of diarrhoea, allegedly because of contaminated water, at Sihora village in Payal tehsil and sought reports from the Punjab health director and Ludhiana civil surgeon.


Baljinder Singh, member of the commission, said after reading the news in various newspapers, the commission took a suo motu notice of the outbreak of disease in the village.

More than 300 people were affected from diarrhoea and four persons died of the disease at Sihora village because of contaminated water as claimed by the village people, but the civil surgeon claimed that only one person died due to diarrhoea and rest did not die due to the disease.

A notice was served to the Punjab health director and a local civil surgeon by a full bench of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and next date of hearing was fixed on September 9 and the department is required to submit its reply a week before the next hearing.

Dr JP Singh, senior medical officer, Community Health Centre (CHC), Payal, said nearly 85 patients came to OPD on Monday and 22 new patients were admitted to CHC, Payal, Malaud and Khanna, raising the total number of admitted patients affected in the area to 48.

Dr Singh said, “We have a capacity of only 30 beds and extra arrangements are being made to adjust more patients. When the number of patients got increased, we referred a few patients to nearby hospitals.”