MAHENDRANAGAR: The rising mercury across the mid and western Tarai has had widespread effect on people’s lives. Schools have closed much ahead of the usual summer holidays while the hospitals are running out of space to take in those suffering from the heat-induced diseases.
All the schools in Kanchanpur were closed today due to the scorching heat. According to District Education Officer Govinda Bhatta, the decision to close the schools was made after a discussion with teachers’ unions in the district. The 255 community schools in the district shut schools for 45-day summer vacation beginning today while the private schools have announced a two-day recess.
In Dang, the private schools have given a three-day holiday, Dang PABSON president Keshab Thapa said. According to Abdul Maruf Khan, clerk at Rapti Sub-Regional Hospital in Ghorahi, the hospital had seen a sudden rise of patients ever since the heat wave in the district.
In Nawalparasi, all the 140 private schools were shut today. Prithvi Chandra Hospital has witnessed growing cases of diarrhoea and high fever of late. In Nepalgunj, even big hospitals such as Bheri Zonal Hospital have been crowded with patients.
The teaching hospital in Kohalpur is also full of patients. Schools in the surrounding areas have been shut, as the temperature reached 42.5 degrees Celsius today.
Regular activities in the schools in Doti’s Dipayal and the adjoining areas have been halted. Some schools sent students home as they fell unconscious during the morning assembly. “Most of the students have stopped coming to school,” said Dirgha Bahadur Kathayat, a teacher at Dilpeshwor Higher Secondary School in Dipayal. The temperature has reached 44 degrees Celsius here, halting activities in over 20 primary schools.
In Achham district, thousands have been suffering from a number of heat-induced diseases. The district health office reported increasing cases of diarrhoea, influenza and common cold. Dr Purushottam Raj Sedhain said, “Over 400 patients have been visiting the hospital daily. A combined daily figure for 77 health centres in the district would be 4,000 to 5,000 patients.”
In Mahottari district, the patient pressure in the health centres is equally rising in both rural and urban areas. “The hospital and the health centres have seen the rise of patients suffering from diarrhoea, typhoid, asthma and pneumonia,” Dr Raj Kishor Pandit at the district hospital said.