There has been no let-up in incidences of water-borne diseases in Manjit Nagar locality in Basti Guzan area. A case of gastroenteritis and three cases of diarrhoea were reported on Friday. The gastroenteritis patient, Nisha Kumari (25), has been referred to the civil hospital.
Deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti, municipal commissioner Vinay Bublani and officiating civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan visited the area. Thirty people have been found to be suffering of diarrhoea.
Nisha's mother Meena said: "The disease struck all of a sudden on Thursday night, she started vomiting with loose motions. In the morning, she was taken to medical camp from where doctors sent her to the civil hospital."
Sunil Kumar (42), a resident of Virdi colony, who had come for health check up in the camp, said: "I have been suffering from abdominal pain for the past four days. I went to a private hospital for treatment, however nothing worked."
Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Binda Chowk, said: "The situation has been prevailing in the area for more than a week now. More cases of people going down with diseases due to contaminated water supply have been reported."
"My younger brother, Gurwinder Singh (19), also suffered from diarrhoea. He is now recuperating after being treated at a private hospital. The corporation is responsible for the mess. Had the MC authorities been aware enough, the spread of the diseases could have been avoided," he said.
Vishal Thapar, 30, said that the non-availability of toilets in houses in the locality could be a reason for the ailments. Residents, particularly the children, defecate in the open, leading to contamination of water been supplied.
When contacted, municipal commissioner Bublani said that water samples collected from the main supply pipe in the area have not shown any contamination. He added that the problem was due to illegal water connections to houses leading to mixing of drain water with drinking water.
"The MC has initiated the process of removing illegal water connections. For people's convenience, the MC will provide permanent connections to these houses. Till then, water will be supplied through tankers in the affected area," he said, adding "we also have identified two spots at which water supply to the area gets mixed with drainage water. The issue would be resolved soon."
On the issue of compensation to the victim's families, the DC said: "In the case of the death of five-month-old girl, there is no certainty that she died of diarrhoea, as a five-month-old baby is not fed with water. The disease could not be termed as water-borne."
On the second death, he said that he add asked the civil surgeon to determine the cause of death of Nanhey Kumar in New Harbans Nagar. If established that the teenager died due to diarrhoea, the administration would provide compensation.