Rautahat's cholera epidemic unabated for last 3 months
Helpless heath official hope for massive flood to control it
KATHMANDU, June 29 : Floodwater generally triggers waterborne disease like cholera, jaundice, typhoid and several others, but officials with Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of the Department of Health Services (DoHS) have been expecting massive flood, which they said that can be appropriate means to control the cholera epidemic.
Officials hope that people would not drink stream water without proper treatment, if massive flood comes, and the ongoing epidemic could be contained.
"We are trying our best to control epidemic but it is still out of control," Dr Baburam Marasini, Director at EDCD, said adding," People may treat drinking water properly if massive flood comes."
He said that the contaminated water is the main cause for the spread of diseases. People openly defecate at the source of the stream which is located in Makwanpur district.
Two died and more than 1,500 infected from the cholera that spread in Gaidatar VDC of Rautahat for last three months. Dr Marasini said that hundreds of people could have died, if there were not proper treatment facilities. He said that the office cannot say when the epidemic would come under control.
"How could we say when cholera would come under control? Haiti´s cholera outbreak has not fully come under control yet," he said, adding that people of the affected areas are still not getting safe drinking water due to which people have been continuously getting infected with the disease.
Meanwhile, the District Health Office (DHO) of Rautahat has stopped collecting stool samples of the infected people.
"How could we know the status of disease, if the stool samples are not tested," questioned Dr Subash Kumar Chaudhary, of the District Hospital at Gaur.
He said that the DHO has stopped collecting samples collection after the epidemic was proved to have been triggered by cholera. E.coli and trigella bacteria were found in stool samples that cause diarrheal infections.
Duryodhan Prasad Chandrabanshi, acting superintendent at the District Public Health Office (DPHO) of Rautahat, said they have been only focusing on curative methods due to which the disease cannot fully come under control.
Every day over a dozen people have been visiting health camps for treatment. "Our entire efforts to control the epidemic have failed. We cannot provide safe drinking water to all," he added.
He questioned higher officials why the disease cannot come under control.