Suspected cholera cases on the rise

Kathmandu, July 10

The number of suspected cholera cases is increasing in the valley of late.

Recently, National Public Health Laboratory confirmed that two patients from Patan hospital tested positive for cholera.

A eight-year-old boy and a 32-year-old woman from Chyasal, Lalitpur, tested positive for cholera. According to director of Patan hospital Dr Bishnu Sharma, eight patients with watery diarrhoea were admitted to the hospital within a week.

“Among them two cholera suspect cases were sent to National Public Health Laboratory for confirmation while six patients are still under the doctors’ supervision.”“Because of contaminated water supply, people from Chyasal and Lubhu areas are at high risk of cholera,” said Sankar Paudel, information officer at District Public Health Office, Lalitpur.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, he said water consumed by patients who tested positive for cholera contained coliform.

DPHO, Lalitpur, said it had been confirmed that people from Chyasal drink water which is stored in a reserve tank for long time.