Diarrhoea outbreak in Patiala's Prem Colony, 13 taken ill : The Tribune India

Diarrhoea outbreak in Patiala's Prem Colony, 13 taken ill

Diarrhoea outbreak in Patiala's Prem Colony, 13 taken ill

A Health Department team distributes medicines among residents. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 19

At least 13 people, including children and women, have been taken ill at Prem Colony in the city owing to the diarrhoea outbreak there. Over the past two weeks, this is the second diarrhoea outbreak in the area.

A worker repairs a water pipeline at Prem Colony in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Health officials informed that eight patients of the total 13 were admitted to hospital after their health deteriorated. The Health Department claimed that they reached colony immediately after receiving information about the outbreak.

Dr Sumeet Singh, district epidemiologist, said they had organised a medical camp and distributed medicines among residents of the affected area. He said, “We have already conducted house to house survey and detected some fresh cases. The medical camp in the affected area will continue for the next few days.”

He added that they had already distributed ORS packets and chlorine tablets among residents of the area. “The situation is under control now. The Municipal Corporation is providing water in the area through water tankers.”

Health officials further informed that officials of the Municipal Corporation had found leakage in a water pipeline and were fixing it. “The Corporation is providing water to Prem Colony,” officials added.

Ironically, the Health Department did not collect water samples from the area to find out the exact cause of the diarrhoea outbreak.

On inquiring about the reason for not collecting samples, the Health Department claimed that water supply was stopped in the area before officials reached the spot. Therefore, officials could not collect water samples.

Meanwhile, Aaditya Uppal, MC Commissioner, could not be contacted for his comments on the issue despite repeated attempts.

Neighbouring colony bore brunt earlier this month

Earlier this month, a diarrhoea outbreak was reported at New Mohindra Colony, which is adjacent to Prem Colony.

Two kids lost their lives and over hundred had fallen ill in New Mohindra Colony evidently after drinking contaminated water there. All water samples of the colony had failed quality test.

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