DOTI, July 11: With diarrhea-related cases increasing in the district hospital, patients are being treated on the floor and corridor of the hospital. Up to three patients are sharing one hospital bed.
The district hospital said that within a week 130 diarrheal patients received treatment at the emergency ward. Doctors say that the outbreak has reached epidemic levels in the district.
The disease has spread to Kathmandu [in Doti], Baglek, Sanagaun, Kherssain, Gairagaun, Kalena and in several wards of Silgadhi municipality.
The 15-bed hospital said due to huge flow of diarrheal patients, the hospital is facing difficulty in providing treatment. Due to lack of bed in the hospital, patients are compelled to go to private clinics and Sujung Hospital for treatment.
Laxmi Bhandari, a 16-year-old girl of Silgadhi Municipality-6, Bajgaun, died due to diarrhea on Monday. Bhandari, student of class eight at Padam Public Higher Secondary School, Silguri died on the way to Nepalgunj, where she was referred by doctors of district hospital for further treatment.
Also three weeks ago, seven people had died due to diarrhea in the district. However, District Public Health Office (DPHO), Doti claimed that five had died.