Diarrhoea cases rising

Kathmandu, May 13

With the onset of pre-monsoon, the number of patients diagnosed with diarrhoea is increasing of late.

According to Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, virologist at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku, among the total patients who visited the hospital, 50 per cent were diagnosed with diarrhoea.

“Usually people suffer from water-borne diseases during monsoon, but this year people have started becoming the victims of such diseases before the beginning of monsoon, he added. Drinking contaminated and unsafe water causes diarrhoea. More than two members of a same family are admitted at the hospital due to diarrhoea, according to Pun.

“There are three families with more than two family members suffering from the disease at the same time,” Dr Pun told THT. “The patients said that they used to drink bottled water,” added Dr Pun

“Nearly 50 per cent of people in the valley drink bottled water without using any purifier considering it safe and as a result number of diarrhoea patients is on the rise. Nepal Academy of Science and Technology has also proved that bottled water sold in the valley is contaminated,” he said.