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Warning issued on water borne diseases

  DPHOs directed to maintain daily record

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu District Public Health Office (KDPHO) today ordered health institutions to report cases of water borne diseases to enable immediate response so as to tackle the diseases.

Shree Krishna Bhatta, chief of KDPHO, said the office will also broadcast a message on using clean drinking water and consuming safe food through local FM stations in Kathmandu.

The only way to lessen the risk of communicable diseases is to pay attention to food and drinking habits and referring people with symptoms to the nearest hospital, said Bhatta.

Till date, the capital has not recorded any outbreak of water borne diseases.

Epidemiology and Disease Control Division at the Health Ministry said it has already directed DPHOs to maintain daily record of patients suffering from waterborne diseases during the dry season.

The division has also issued a nationwide circular asking DPHOs not to sanction any general leave to health workers from mid-April to mid-September.

Emergency leave should only be allowed after making arrangements for an alternative health worker, said the circular.

The division has also directed to engage in active case detection if more than five patients are diagnosed with water borne diseases at the same place or deaths are reported at the same place.

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