DOTI, July 22: A team of health workers comprising representatives from Epidemiology and Disease Control Division and World Health Organization (WHO) reached diarrhea hit area of Doti Sunday morning, where the disease has been spreading since the past six weeks.
The team led by Dr Rabi Kumar Kaphley and Kumar Dahal has reached the highly affected VDCs of the district.
The team will first inspect the source of drinking water in the district. The team will also create awareness about diarrheal infection and collect stool samples of the infected for laboratory examination.
The District Public Health Office (DPHO) of Doti had reported that cholera was detected in some patients of Baglek VDC. The office has put the district on alert in view of the high risk for the spread cholera. “The district has been put on alert as cholera can spread by air and water,” Tej Bikram Saahi, officer at Epidemiology Disease Management Section at DPHO, said. He said that the office has asked health workers be prepared for any possible epidemic.
Diarrhea outbreak in the district has claimed 14 lives in the past six weeks. However, the DPHO puts that figure at only seven.
More than 300 diarrhea patients have been treated in the district, with over 100 treated in ward 5 and 6 of Baglek alone. According to DPHO, 116 patients were treated in Baglek, 37 in Kalena, 15 in Kathmandu, 12 in Sanagaun and 80 at the district hospital. Similar number of patients received treatment at private clinics and Doti Soojung Hospital.