Patiala: The prevailing intense heat wave conditions has led to the breaking out of diarrhoea in the sub-divisional township of Samana in this district, leading to the death of Ramandeep Kaur (4) of Tibbi Mohalla. Fifteen more patients got admitted in Samana Civil Hospital. According to sources, the actual number of patients can be much more than the official figures as the poor and needy patients are getting treatment from medical practioners operating near their areas. So far, three areas in Samana city have been found to be the most-affected ones. These include Tibbi Mohalla, Bahmana Patti and Warraichan Patti.
The officials got alerted only after the death of Ramandeep, who was suffering with dysentery. She died at the hospital. Later, more and more patients were reportedly admitted to the hospital with diarrhoea symptoms. As the numbers increased, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Ranjit Singh working at the Civil Hospital, Samana, brought the matter to the notice of the higher-ups in the Health Department, especially the Civil Surgeon, and sought help in tackling the situation. Sources in the department told Daily Post here late in the evening that in the morning a team from Patiala was sent to assist the medical staff there.
The sources further said that the disease got spread due to the consumption of unhygienic water besides the prevailing heat wave. Ranjit Singh said that the department was not clear about the reason behind the death of Ramandeep. But he agrred that people were coming to the hospital with symptoms of diarrhoea. He further added that, “We sent two teams, one from Patiala, to the respective areas to survey the areas so as to trace the reasons behind the disease.” He said that it was found that the people were consuming dirty water in these areas. In many areas it was found that people were lifting water from pits to meet their drinking demands.
Meanwhile, the Higher Education Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, who is representing Samana Assembly segment area and also heads water supply sanitation department too, has instructed the administration to keep a watch over the situation. The SMO confirmed that water tankers were sent to these areas.
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