Health dept await­ing dis­as­ter in slum ar­eas

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Even as the threat of gas­troen­teri­tis and other sea­sonal dis­eases looms large over many ar­eas, the health depart­ment has failed to reach the in­te­ri­ors of the slum ar­eas of Fo­cal Point, which is ev­i­dent from the miss­ing aware­ness cam­paigns and non-dis­tri­bu­tion of chlo­rine tablets.

Un­hy­gienic con­di­tions in some of the colonies in the Fo­cal Point area have be­come a cause of sea­sonal dis­eases. To top it all, res­i­dents of these slums are forced to drink con­tam­i­nated wa­ter as there is no ar­range­ment for the potable wa­ter sup­ply in these ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­tors in the area, skin and other in­fec­tion cases have be­come com­mon in Prem Na­gar, Ra­jiv Gandhi Colony, Deep Colony and other colonies of the Fo­cal Point area. On re­quest­ing anonymity, a doc­tor in the area said the pa­tients hav­ing less platelets and ty­phoid were com­ing in rou­tine. He fur­ther said some cases of di­ar­rhoea had also been re­ported this week. PEO­PLE LIVE UN­DER FILTHY CON­DI­TIONS, DRINK CON­TAM­I­NATED WA­TER IN FO­CAL POINT AREA

A visit to Fo­cal Point re­veals the un­hy­gienic con­di­tions un­der which res­i­dents have been liv­ing in. Filth-rid­den and wa­ter-filled roads dot the area.

“Peo­ple liv­ing in slum ar­eas are suf­fer­ing from skin, nose and ear in­fec­tions. Un­hy­gienic con­di­tions and over-crowd­ing, too, in­crease the risk of skin and ear in­fec­tions, Dr Am­rit­pal, who runs a clinic in a slum area.

In many shanties, four to six peo­ple are liv­ing un­der one roof and there is lit­tle at­ten­tion to hy­giene.

The doc­tor added that a team of doc­tors found many peo­ple suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous in­fec­tions and stom­achache in the camp, which was re­cently or­gan­ised in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­tors, the un­hy­gienic con­di­tions can give rise to gas­troen­teri­tis and other dis­eases.

But, it seems the ad­min­is­tra­tion is wait­ing for the dis­as­ter to hap­pen as there are no aware­ness camps be­ing held to make peo­ple aware about health is­sues and chlo­rine tablets aren't be­ing dis­trib­uted to those drink­ing who are con­sum­ing wa­ter from hand pumps.

“Heath teams are con­duct­ing aware­ness in var­i­ous ar­eas. We will con­duct a sur­vey and take wa­ter sam­ples from these colonies soon. The nec­es­sary steps will be taken,” Dis­trict epi­demi­ol­o­gist, Dr Anil Verma said

NO CLEAN WA­TER FOR RA­JIV GANDHI COLONY

Even af­ter re­ports in these col­umns about res­i­dents in Ra­jiv Gandhi Colony be­ing forced to con­sume con­tam­i­nated wa­ter, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to do the need­ful.

MC joint com­mis­sioner AS Sekhon said the colony was il­le­gal but they would soon make avail­able safe drink­ing in Ra­jiv Gandhi Colony.

GAU­RAV BA­JAJ/HT

A heap of garbage ly­ing out­side a house at Dhan­dari Kalan in Ludhiana on Wed­nes­day. Harshraj Singh

HT PHOTO

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to pro­vide res­i­dents of Ra­jiv Gandhi Colony clean potable wa­ter.

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