Tribune News Service
Mansa, May 11
Panic is palpable amongst residents of Nangal Kalan village in Mansa district with more than 50 villagers testing positive for Covid-19 and a large number of people developing symptoms such as fever, breathlessness and cough.
The police administration has swung into action and sealed the village. Entry of outsiders has been banned and the police along
with health teams are conducting door-to-door testing at the village. A close watch is being kept on the infected patients.
The district administration announced the village a containment zone after a large number of residents tested positive.The panchayat met today at the village dispensary. Sarpanch Paramjit Singh said: “We are making announcements in the village and motivating residents to get tested. The villagers are also being implored to get vaccinated.”
Health Department employee Chanandeep Singh said: “Twelve villages are attached to Nangal Kalan dispensary and so far, 125 persons have tested positive. Of these, 50 are from Nangal Kalan village alone while others are from nearby villagers. Around 30 people are getting tested and vaccinated at this dispensary daily.”
Over the past few days, a large number of infections and mortalities are being reported from villages in southern districts of the state, including Bathinda and Mansa.
Doctors say patients from villages are found to be suffering from lifestyle comorbidities, including obesity and diabetes, deteriorating their condition when they contract the virus.
The rural population is also not enthusiastic about getting vaccinated. Even health teams visiting the rural areas for vaccination are facing resistance from villagers and is a cause for concern as this has also led to a high number of cases in the region over the past one week.