Mystery disease stalks Banke

12 people in remote villages die in 10 days

Banke, October 29 :

Twelve persons have died and around 400 others have fallen sick from an unknown disease in the past ten days which has spread in the eastern parts of Banke district.

Gangapur, Fattehpur, Narainapur VDCs are badly hit by the disease. Twelve people have died from the disease in Gangapur and Fattehpur VDCs till today, Banke, District Public Health Office, said. A total of 150 have fallen sick in Gangapur alone, it added.

Meanwhile, INSEC facilitator Sohan Lal Yadav, who arrived in Nepalgunj today, confirmed three deaths from the unknown disease in Kotarbetuwa of Gangapur VDC, five deaths in Sonbarsha and nine in Fattehpur’s Piprahawa, two in Narainapur. Every household is affected by the disease, he added.

Ram Bahadur Chand, the head of the Epidemiology Control Programme under the DPHO said three persons including Dataram Dhobi died from the disease in ward no 8 of Gangapur VDC, three including Sabitram Pachhi, Dukhiram Pachhi and a woman died in ward no 2 and one person died in ward no 7 of the same VDC.

Five persons died of the disease in ward no 5 in Piprahawa and Jhagariya of Fattehpur VDC. Three of them were from a single family, he said. Chand said the exact casualty figure is yet to reach because the affected places are remote.

“A health worker Narayan Prasad Sharma reported over telephone that people are dying and the exact figure is yet to arrive,” he said, adding that a team of five health workers equipped with lab test kits and medicines have left. “The team will conduct blood tests and confirm the reports after which an expert team will visit the place”, he added.

Patients are suffering from fever, shivering, stomach-ache and respiratory problems,

he said.