Gastro cases reported in Sham Chaurasi

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Hoshiarpur, Sep 14 (UNI) As many as 30 cases of gastroenteritis have been reported in community health centre, Sham Chaurasi during last two days.

Senior Medical Officer at the Civil Hospital here, Dr Gurdev Singh today said that the patients complained of vomiting, diarrhoea and pain in their abdomen. Most of the cases have been reported from ward Nos. 4, 6 and 8 of Sham Chaurasi town.

Two patients each from villages Dhamiana Kalan and Kadiana with diarrhoea were also reported to CHC, Sham Chaurasi.

All these patients had reportedly consumed contaminated water from water supply sources.

Out of 21 patients admitted in the CHC, 6 were referred to Civil Hospital, Hoshiarpur, Dr Gudev Singh said and added that condition of all the patients was under control.

Health officials, however, contested the reports of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, claiming that poor sanitary conditions prevailing in these areas and suspected mixing of sewage and drinking water had led to some persons developing the symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

The district epidemiologist Dr Sardul Singh said that the health department had issued a notice to the Municipal Council, Sham Chaurasi for providing proper drinking water and to maintain cleanliness in the town.

Chlorine tablets were being distributed in the entire town and its adjoining villages, Dr Sardul Singh said.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mohinder Kaur Josh today visited the CHC, Sham Chaurasi to take stock of the situation.

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