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Dengue cases rampant in Dharan

Himalayan News Service

Sunsari, July 20

Two months have passed since the dengue outbreak started in Dharan. The outbreak, however, has yet to come under control as dengue infection continues escalating.

One person succumbed to dengue that started since May 14 in the eastern city. More than 2,000 people have been suffering from the disease.

Manu Sunar of Dharan Sub-metropolitan City died of dengue.

Data maintained by the Health Department of Dharan sub-metropolis shows that more than 2,000 persons have contracted dengue.

However, according to sources at private health facilities the number of patients suffering from dengue stands over 3,000.

BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences confirmed 1,504 cases of dengue till date.

Fifteen persons infected with dengue are still receiving treated at BPKIHS.

A total of 18 dengue-infected people are undergoing treatment at Bijayapur Hospital, according to hospital Director Prabhab Khatiwada.

More than two dozen private health labs in the city conduct tests for dengue cases. After dengue assumed epidemic proportion, the sub-metropolis had launched a mosquito control campaign in its bid to control the disease.

The BPKIHS had formed a rapid response team consisting of doctors and health experts, for the campaign. However, the campaign has become ineffective.

The provincial government had allocated Rs 8 million for dengue control. The sub-metropolis is however, yet to receive the budget.

Acting Mayor Manju Bhandari said the budget had not been received yet and that she had heard about the budget through the media.

A version of this article appears in print on July 21, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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