Ambala, Sept 17 (UNI) Seventeen new victims of cholera were admitted to the civil hospital Ambala Cantonment today taking the number of patients up to 167.
This number is excluding those getting treatment in private clinics which is expected to be at least equal to the number of hospital patients during the week when the epidemic broke out in six colonies of Alu Godam area of Ambala Cantonment.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr V.K. Sharma said the number of patients could rise because the effect of the disease continued for seven to ten days and the Army circuit house adjoining the hospital had been requisitioned to accommodate the large number of patients.
He said that 65 patients had been discharged after giving treatment and more were likely to be discharged by the night today.
The CMO said that mobile teams had been formed to visit the vulnerable localities and create awareness about prevention and first aid measures.
The Haryana Local Bodies Minister A.C. Choudhary also visited the affected areas and consoled the bereaved families. He stressed upon maintaining proper cleaning and warned of strict punishment to the employees found neglecting their duties.
A safai karamchari was placed under suspension for showing laxity in duty.