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Local bodies minister in town; meets families of diarrhoea victims

Local bodies minister Chuni Lal Bhagat visited his constituency to take stock of the situation arising due to the spread of water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea in the area. Four deaths due to diarrhoea were reported this week.

punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2012 15:25 IST

Local bodies minister Chuni Lal Bhagat visited his constituency to take stock of the situation arising due to the spread of water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea in the area. Four deaths due to diarrhoea were reported this week.

Bhagat visited Abadpura and Manjit Nagar localities, the worst affected areas. He instructed the municipal corporation officials to speed up work on repairing the fault responsible for contamination in water supplied to the residents.

The minister met the families of Jeet Ram Jassal (50) and Harbhajan Lal (55) in Abadpura, Suniana (five moths) in Manjit Nagar and Nanhey Kumar (15) in New Harbans Nagar, and directed the district administration to start the process for providing compensation to the families.

Nine more cases of diarrhoea were reported from the Abadpura health camp. Many cases of stomach related ailments were also detected.

Charanjit Singh, father of Amanjeet Singh (24), admitted in a private hospital, said the disease was spreading fast and was detected only at the start of the week.

Jasvir Kaur, another resident of the same locality, "As the dieasese spreada, we now know that contaminated water has led to the ailment."

Gagandeep Kaur (23) said that her whole family had been affected, as she too had contracted the disease, even as her husband was still recuperating from diarrhoea.

When contacted, municipal commissioner Vinay Bublani said: "We have collected water samples from the locality. Only after we get the reports, can I comment on the cause of the disease," he said.

Health officials have closed the camp in Manjit Nagar locality. Officiating civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan said that the situation had improved in the area.

So far, diarrhoea has claimed four victims in the city.Five-month-old Sunaina in Manjit Nagar; Nanhey Kumar (15) at New Harbans Nagar in Basti Guzan; Harbhajan Lal and Jassa, residents of Abadpura, died of the disease on Friday and Saturday, respectively.