Patiala, July 2
Fearing an outbreak of diarrhea, the Patiala Health Department ordered various educational institutions in the district to clean air tanks and reverse osmosis water systems. Directions to educational institutions are said to have come as educational institutions are opening after a hiatus and the district has seen multiple outbreaks of diarrhea in recent weeks.
In a letter to universities, colleges and schools, the Department of Health said there was a real fear of an outbreak of waterborne diseases given the monsoon season. Therefore, drinking water sources – upper water tanks and osmosis water system – should be immediately checked and cleaned.
“Since educational institutions are reopening after a break, there is therefore a fear of an epidemic if drinking water is not controlled properly,” reads the notice to institutions.
The district has experienced severe outbreak of diarrhea at Jhill village on Patiala-Sirhind road and at Shamdo camp in Rajpura town of the district. More than 500 people have fallen ill and several deaths have been reported due to the two outbreaks.
District epidemiologist Dr Divjot Singh said schools, colleges and universities were open after a long interval, therefore they had asked to clean the aboveground water tanks and osmosis water systems before use them. He said: “A minor negligence can lead to a major outbreak of diarrhoea. Given the monsoon season, the chances of diarrhea outbreaks have increased.