Kathmandu, August 23

One more staffer of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital was found to have been infected with dengue virus. With this, the number of staffers of STIDH suffering from dengue has reached three.

“One of our staffers suffered from dengue,” said Anup Bastola, spokesperson and consultant tropical medicine physician at STIDH. Earlier, two of its staffers had contracted the mosquito-borne infection.

Thirteen dengue patients were admitted to the hospital recently. From among those admitted, four were from Kathmandu. The patients were from Balaju and Nayabazar. None of these patients had a travel history to any dengue affected area, said Bastola.

According to the hospital, from among the 528 people tested for dengue in its laboratory from July 17 to August 17, a total of 85 people tested positive for dengue.

Despite various dengue infected patients visiting the health centre for treatment, the hospital failed to maintain cleanliness both inside and on its premises. As a result, dengue causing mosquitoes were found to be flying in

and around the hospital. The hospital, however, claimed that it had deployed its staffers to maintain cleanliness, but an observation in and around the hospital doesn’t validate the claim.

Vehicle tyres filled with water on its premises and unkempt bushes in its garden were providing a perfect environment for the mosquitoes to breed. The hospital had also dumped old equipment and materials on its premises. During rainfall water collected in dumped objects like water bottles and their lids, plastic boxes and other objects.

“Vehicle tyres, water bottle and their lids, flower pots and similar other items where water gets collected is a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. Dengue causing mosquito Aedes aegypti lays its eggs on water stored in such items,” said Bibek Kumar Lal, director at Epidemiology and Disease Control Division.

Since there were mosquitoes everywhere we deployed our staffers for sanitation. The scenario of the hospital will be changed by Monday next week, claimed Basudev Pandey, hospital director.

“We have been working on procedure of auction of the old items. There are items stored in the hospital for the past forty years,” said Rup Narayan Khatiwada, administrative officer at the hospital.

According to doctors, indigenous cases of dengue were rising in the capital. When a local mosquito gets infected with the dengue virus and transmits infection to local people, it is called indigenous dengue. There were patients from Imadol, Dhapasi, Sorakhutte, Balaju, Nakkhu, Khusibu and other areas visiting the hospital for dengue treatment, said Bastola.

With the temperature yet to drop and rainfall going on, Kathmandu provides favourable environment for the mosquitoes to breed. “Dengu cases are likely to increase,” said Bastola. According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, as many as 1,186 people suffered from dengue since 17 July 2019 till 23 August 2019.

(An old ambulance lying on the premises of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, in Kathmandu, on Saturday