Diarrhoeal outbreak ‘lesser’ than in previous years

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 4:

Thanks to increasing awareness about using boiled water and rejecting stale meat during the dry hot season, there is lesser outbreak of diarrhoeal diseases this year. Dr Mahendra Bahadur Bista, Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) director told this daily this year diarrhoeal disease cases are few even in the Terai regions as people have become more aware are taking precautions. “The major reason for these diseases is the heat and lack of pure drinking water,” said Bista. This year 34 cases of gastroenteritis (diarrhoeal, dysenteric) in Dhading 73 cases in Sindhupalchowk have been reported from May till June 4. According to Bista, around 240 cases of gastroenteritis were reported till date and 2 cases died in Achham.

According to EDCD, last year the number of cases from May till July was 10,797 nationwide, of which 111 died. Dr Kokila Devi Shrestha, director at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease (STID) Hospital, Teku said the number of diarrhoeal cases have decreased compared to previous years. STID, Teku has been receiving an average of 11 patients each day. On the other hand, hepatitis cases are mounting with each passing year. According to EDCD, last year 192 cases of hepatitis B were reported this year and 22 deaths also. Meanwhile, 40 persons from the Satar community at Rajghat, Morang, fell sick on June 2 due to diarrhoea after they ate stale meat at a wedding party. Nawaraj Subba, Morang district public health officer, said medical experts have been sent there.