Seasonal diseases causing ailments

Kathmandu, May 16

With the rise in temperature, seasonal diseases are increasing day by day.

According to doctors, more than one-third of the patients admitted in hospitals are suffering from diarrhoea and dysentery.

Dr Baburam Marasini, chief, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), Department of Health Services said such diseases have afflicted people due to lack of clean drinking water and mosquito bites.

He said, “In the summer season, there is lack of water supply which leads them to drink less water and they also end up drinking polluted water. Mostly in the hilly region, water is the cause of diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid and jaundice.

The incidence of such diseases becomes more frequent at this time of the year, while in the Tarai area, because of mosquito bites, there is high chance of malaria, Japanese encephalitis and dengue.”

Maximum number of people have been admitted to hospitals due to snake bite in the Tarai said Dr Marasini, adding that one most common health problem during this season is food poisoning.

Because of unusual eating habits, people suffer food poisoning. These diseases have created serious problem in public health.

But there is a solution for this problem as well.

“People themselves have to take hygienic food and pure drinking water,” he said.

“To avoid diarrhoea and dysentery one must follow the 3S method safe hand, safe food and safe water,” he suggested.

If anyone is suffering from such kinds of diseases, he/she should take plenty of fluids while taking food. Drinking clean water and having fresh food is the best home remedy for these diseases, he said.