Three persons, including two women, have died of gastroenteritis in the past two days while more than a dozen suffering from the ailment have been admitted to hospitals.
There has been an outbreak of gastroenteritis in Gandhi Camp recently. The deceased were identified as Hansraj, Payari and Banso Devi, all residents of Gandhi Camp. Hansraj and Payari died at home while Banso Devi was admitted to a private hospital, but as her condition was serious, doctors referred her to Amritsar, where she died on Friday.
Seven patients are being treated at the civil hospital here while half a dozen more, including two children, are admitted to private hospitals.
"Several patients had come to the outpatient department in the past two to three days," senior medical officer Dr Sukhdeep Singh said. "Seven patients are admitted while the rest have been discharged after vaccination."
Sukhdeep said after getting information of the gastroenteritis outbreak, a team of doctors from Gurdaspur and Batala visited the area and advised people to boil water before drinking. The health department had also deputed a medical team at Gandhi Camp area, which will work round the clock and provide vaccination, he added.
"Water and stool samples of the deceased have been sent to laboratories to detect the cause of the outbreak," Sukhdeep said. "The reports are expected soon."
Meanwhile, relatives of patients said for the last few months the drinking water being supplied in their areas was contaminated. They said due to the failure of the health department and civic body department, most of the patients were approaching private hospitals for treatment.