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Dirty water causes gastroenteritis in Punjab

Sixteen cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in two days from Onkar Nagar Mohalla in Phagwara, officials said on Sunday.

india Updated: May 19, 2003 15:01 IST

Sixteen cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in two days from Onkar Nagar Mohalla in Phagwara, officials said on Sunday.

A visit to this area today by a PTI correspondent revealed that sullage is mixing with drinking water and overflowing into houses.

Sewerage was choked and flies have found a haven in this slum area where people live in inhuman conditions with ten to twelve persons living cooped up in one room.

A six-month old girl Sushma died of a mysterious fever yesterday in street number eight of the locality. It was alleged that one Krishna, aged 58, had died of a mystery disease some days ago. However, the medical authorities denied it.

The family of Harinath Parsad including his daughters Miss Sarita Kumari, Miss Roopa Kumari, son Krishna Kumar, his daughter-in-law Sunita, grand-daughter Ekta, isafflicted with the disease. Others to suffer from it include women and children Asha Devi, Ritu Kumari, Anjali Kumari, Rina Devi, Ram Pyari and her husband Mangru Ram, Gita Rani, Asha Rani and Sunita Rani.

While two patients were hospitalised at Hospital, others were getting treatment at their houses.

Kapurthala Civil Surgeon Dr S P Jagat, accompanied by SMO Dr Subhas Sharma and members of rapid action team including Dr Rajiv Gupta today visited Onkar Nagar and the patients.

When pointedly asked as to whether the disease was gastroenteritis, the Civil Surgeron said that a few cases of enteritis and diarrhoea were found.

First Published: May 19, 2003 13:14 IST