Tribune News Service
Patiala, January 20
The diarrhoea outbreak in Rajpura that left over 97 persons ill reportedly broke out due to an unauthorised sewage line and use of hydraulic ram pumps in the area.
It is learnt that the affected area had an unauthorised sewage line that was leaking at two points, leading to stagnation of water. At the same time, drinking water supply was stopped and due to negative suction, sewage water got mixed with the drinking water.
Sub Divisional Officer Karandeep Singh said: “The affected area had a private sewage line that was not authorised. We have traced the two points in the sewage line that were leaking and repair work has been started.”
Meanwhile, 21 more persons reported ill on Wednesday, taking the total count to 97. The health department has reportedly collected six stool samples so far.
Dr Divjot Singh, district epidemiologist, said: “The outbreak has already started receding. Today, 21 patients, mostly children, had come with a stomach ache. The condition of none of the patients is serious. However, surveillance of the affected area will continue.”
Rajpura had reported a diarrhoea outbreak in 2019 when two persons had died and 100 took ill. When asked about the frequent outbreaks in Rajpura block, Dr Gagan Grover, state programme officer, said: “Epidemiologically, small towns are always prone to such outbreaks, owing to lack of well-planned sewage lines. Areas which are low lying are also prone to such contamination as water flows backwards.”
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