A day after gastroenteritis claimed the life of a third member of a family in Raj Colony of ward number 29 here, the district health department and Patiala Municipal Corporation swung into action by fixing water supply lines and conducting health check up of the other residents of the area.
Leaks in the sewer lines and water supply connection in front of the affected family’s house appeared to be the cause of the three deaths in the family, within a span of six days.
Additional deputy commissioner Gurpal Singh Chahal who visited the area on Thursday said that instances of the disease from the same colony were due to illegal connections taken by the people from the main water pipe line. “Besides the three deaths, other cases of gastroenteritis have come to fore only in those houses with illegal water connection which led to the leakage in the supply lines,” he said.
It may be recalled that in 2012 a leakage in water supply lines was one of the main reasons for the outbreak of gastroenteritis in Sanjay Colony here.
Meanwhile, joint commissioner Nazar Singh said the civic body had set up a special team to check the connections of the residents of Raj Colony.
“The water connections of more than 25 houses were found to be faulty and were plugged immediately. Besides the rusted iron pipes, the pipes beneath the sewers were also immediately changed,” he said.
The health department’s special team conducted a camp in the area on Thursday besides day-to-day survey of the colony to identify more such cases.
Of the 54 persons checked by the team, four were diagnosed with gastroenteritis and were immediately referred to the Government Rajindra Hospital.
Pointing out that water contamination may not be the only reason for the deaths within the family, chief medical officer Dr HS Bali said, “Taking note of the food-catering business of the deceased family, it is possible that the deceased might have eaten some stale or rotten food item.”