Schools in Ground Zero remain shut

JAJARKOT: Educational activities in the schools in diarrhoea-affected rural areas of Jajarkot district have been stalled as the teachers are yet to return to their duties fearing the diarrhoea infection.

Following the outbreak, the teachers had gone their homes declaring summer vacation in the schools. The schools are supposed to resume classes two weeks ago.

According to local guardians, most of the teachers in the village schools are from outside the district. “It will be difficult to run classes until they return,” said Hari Bahadur Shahi, acting headmaster of Shivapuri High School in Garkhakot. He also said that the teachers were on extended vacation for fear of the deadly diarrhoea. Authorities and health officials in the district claimed to have brought the epidemic under control now.

All the five secondary level teachers have not arrived even as new month has started, Shahi said, adding the students have been returning finding the closed schools.

However, schools in the district headquarters have resumed their classes. Meanwhile, Jajarkot CDO Bachhulal Chaudhary admitted the fact saying that classes would immediately continue once the teachers arrived from their homes.

Two more fall prey

DAILEKH: Two more persons died of diarrhoea in Dailekh district on Monday, taking the death toll to 25. The deceased have been identified as Bhadra Sarki (32) of Nepa VDC-7 and Tilbir BK (20) of Basi VDC-2. Authorities in Jajarkot — the epicentre of the epidemic — however, have claimed that the disease is under control there.