The number of diarrhoea patients in Sector 19 crossed the 200 mark on Sunday. To make matters worse, authorities have not been able to detect the problem. Sources said a 70-year-old woman died of diarrhoea but doctors denied it saying she was brought dead to the Sector 6 hospital.
The HUDA department concerned and medical teams are trying to control the situation but have not had much success. Special arrangements have been made for the public, including water tanks for residents. The number of members in the medical team, including the number of doctors, has been increased and all the nine teams are continuing with their door-to-door survey.
“Our teams are available with the patients 24/7. We are doing our best and now it is up to the water department to ascertain the exact reason behind water contamination”, said chief medical officer, VK Bansal. “We have also made public announcements on speakers and requested people to put chlorine balls in a bucket of 20 litres of water and boil water before drinking. Pamphlets have been distributed in the area listing prevention and cure”, he said.
Public health department has also started a helpline where people can call and inform about water contamination. According to HUDA officials, their teams are working on detecting the source of water contamination. Water supply was stopped earlier on Saturday and water is being supplied through water tanks.
Deputy commissioner SS Phulia said the exact reason for the outbreak is yet to be detected. Ruling out the possibility of breakage in the underground pipeline, he said, “We have checked water pipes and we didn’t find any breakage. There is the possibility that rain water may have got mixed in the tube well in the area and that might have contaminated the water”.
Water-borne diseases spreading in Manda, Koraon blocks
Supply of contaminated water is the key reason behind spreading of water-borne diseases in villages falling under Manda and Koraon blocks. Health teams visited several villages after death of eight children and revealed that villagers have no source to get pure and fresh potable water.
Majority of villagers are drawing potable water from wells which were not cleaned for decades. At Barwari Kala village, villagers are forced to drink contaminated water from wells frogs are present.
Resentment is brewing among people against the failure of district authorities to arrange pure potable water as they have been forced to drink contaminated water from wells or hand pumps. This has also led to a rise in water-borne diseases