EDCD no-no for Diarrhoea disaster

KATHMANDU: Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) today claimed that the diarrhoeal outbreak in Kapilvastu was ‘under control’.

GD Thakur, EDCD’s director said that the government was closely monitoring the affected area. However, diarrhoeal outbreak has been recorded at four places during Dashain, informed Thakur. A 62-year-old woman lost her life due to diarrhoea in Dashain. “Khotang, Udaypur, Kavre and Kapilvastu were hit -hard during Dashain,” said Thakur.

Meanwhile, a team of doctors and health personnel has been dispatched to the area. “The situation is under control,” claimed Thakur. Thakur also told The Himalayan Times that health camps were established in Kapilvastu and enough medicines were dispatched from a regional medical store in Butwal.

“Contaminated water and poor sanitary condition is the main culprit behind the outbreak,” said Thakur, adding that awareness campaign was a must to contain the diarrhoeal outbreak.

He also assured that the outbreak that occured in the Mid-and Far-West recently would not recur in the Tarai. “A central level response team is ready, in case things get worse,” he said.

Meanwhile, District Public Health Office, Kapilvastu, made public that the number of people affected by diarrhoea has crossed 450, including a recent case.