With the entry of as many as 32 new patients a day after diarrhoea outbreak in three localities of Moga, the number of patients has risen to 61 at the Civil Hospital.
Of 61 patients, three patients during preliminary treatment were found cholera positive, while the confirmation will come after the test report.
Most of the patients were from same localities situated in Purana (Old) Moga including Khanne Ka Agwar, Kular Nagar, Preet Nagar and localities adjacent to them.
Health authorities are blaming the strike by municipal corporation federation for the current state. The MC employees have been on strike since Wednesday and refused to lift the garbage dumps over the complaint by an RTI activist against their ‘‘unqualified’’ drivers. The rain this week has only made the situation worse.
Moreover, the MC authorities have failed to keep a check on the illegal water connections which is also a major reason for water contamination that led to the supply of potable water mixed with the sewerage water.
Waking after the outbreak, the MC authorities got lifted the strike with assurance to workers that they would get registered first information report (FIR) against the RTI activist.
The MC team has also started disconnecting the illegal water connections from the affected areas while lifting garbage speedily from the whole city, which was dotted with the heaps of garbage dumps.
On the other side, the health authorities have sent the water samples to the Chandigarh for a test, the report of which will come within two days.
The health authorities have also installed two static outdoor patient departments (OPD) at worst affected areas including Khanne Ka Agwar and Preet Nagar while mobile team has been formed to tackle any emergency.
Dr Naresh Gupta, district health officer (DHO) said that the situation was under control as so far no patient has come in critical condition.
“We have installed static OPDs, besides the ASHA workers have been deputed to distribute ORS sachets to that localities. We also appeal nearby residents to drink filter water or boiled water,” he said.
Meanwhile, due to unhygienic conditions at the civil hospital, most of the patients are preferring treatment at private hospitals and are shifting there. As many as 44 patients are still admitted in the civil hospital.
Khanne Ka Agwar, Kular Nagar, Preet Nagari
OPD set up in these parts
Mobile team has been formed to tackle any emergency
ASHA workers have been deputed to distribute ORS sachets in these localities.