Diarrhoea claims four lives in Rautahat, Jhapa

Rautahat/Jhapa, October 31:

Diarrhoea has killed four people in Rautahat and Jhapa in two days.

A report said a woman died this morning of diarrhoea in Rautahat, taking the death toll from the disease to 25. Ajaya Shaha’s wife, Punam Devi, 20, of Gaur municipality-10 died during treatment in the village. The disease has been affecting 61 VDCs and Gaur municipality in the district.

Three persons — Bisurat Miyan, Suruja Miyan and nine-month-old son of Lal Bahadur Miyan — died of dysentery and diarrhoea in Kechna VDC in southern Jhapa yesterday, locals said, adding that dysentery and diarrhoea are raging in wards 5, 6,7, 8 and 9 of the VDC. Sources at the Jhapa district public health office said a team of specialists led by office chief Nabaraj Subba has been sent to the affected area.

Diarrhoea is raging in different villages in Banke and Bardiya districts. Also, the number of patients suffering from diarrhoea is on the rise in Bara district.

Twenty patients suffering from the disease have been admitted at the Bara Hospital.

According to the Banke district public health office, diarrhoea has gripped at least 300 people in ward numbers 1, 2 and 3 of Gangapur VDC across Rapti in Banke district. A three-member health team has treated over 300 patients till today.

Meanwhile, diarrhoea patients continued to come to Nepalgunj for treatment, said chief of the Epidemic disease control section in the health office Ram Bahadur Chand. Diarrhoea has also gripped Bardiya district headquarters Gulariya and a number of VDCs.

According to the Bardiya district public health office, the disease has affected people living in Mohammedpur, Sanosri, Taratal, Khairapur and Kalika VDCs.

Chief of the office Bal Bahadur Mahat said the number of diarrhoea patients has jumped in course of a week.

At least 60 diarrhoea patients visit district hospital for treatment, he added. Three teams of physicians were sent to the affected VDCs to control of disease, the district public health office said.

Meanwhile, Bardiya district hospital said it is finding it difficult to treat patients due to the absence of physicians at the hospital.