Nepal | December 12, 2019

Outbreak: Health camp deals with 82 diarrhoea cases in Dadeldhura

BABURAM SHRESTHA

DADELDHURA: An outbreak of cholera, typhoid and acute watery diarrhoea epidemic has occurred in the settlements — Jamarani, Sanakhola and Dhadali Phata — in plainlands of Parshuram Municipality-8 in Dadeldhura district. The spreading of waterborne diseases was reported a week ago.

A health camp being operated at Sadani to control the outbreak of the waterborne diseases has dealt with 82 diarrhoea cases since Monday.

According to Dr Karuna Bajracharya at Jogbudha Hospital, a total of 82 people from the three villages were found suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration. Majority of them have returned to their homes after receiving general treatment, Dr Bajracharya added.

The health camp is being organised with the help of the health workers from Jogbudha Hospital and Sadani Health Post, health vice-coordinator at the municipality, Hikmat Dhami informed.

Of the total 82 patients, 13 suffering from dehydration were referred to Jogbudha Hospital while remaining others were treated in Sadani Health Post. All the patients except one referred to Jogbudha Hospital and another one to Sadani Health Post suffering from severe dehydration were discharged after general treatment.

Chief of Lab Department, Ishwor Bhusal at Dadeldhura Hospital based in the district headquarters Baghkhor, said the patient undergoing treatment at Jogbudha was found to have been suffering from cholera while another at the health post suffering from typhoid.

According to Dr Bajracharya, stool samples of both the patients were sent to Dadeldhura Hospital for lab test. She said other patients in the region may have been suffering from cholera and typhoid. She informed that the health camp will have to be extended with the inclusion of more health professionals, volunteers in order to control the epidemics.

It takes a whole day drive from the district headquarters to reach the settlements affected by diarrhoea, and five hours from Jogbudha Hospital.


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