As monsoon rains advance, number of diarrheal cases has increased in hospitals in the capital.
Doctors at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) said every day around two dozen new patients infected with gastroenteritis have been coming to the hospital for treatment.
“Number of gastro patients has increased dramatically in last few days. Earlier, two to three diarrheal patients used to visit the hospital,” Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, of the STIDH, said. He expects more diarrheal cases coming to the hospital in the days ahead as monsoon is an epidemic season. Every year thousands of people across the country get infected with waterborne disease during monsoon due to poor water and hygiene conditions.
The Kanti Children Hospital, which is only referral hospital of ailing children in the country, said water borne infections have started soaring after the start of monsoon.
“Number of diarrheal and jaundice cases have increased in last few days,” Dr Kailash Prasad Shah of the hospital informed.
Meanwhile, a detailed study carried out by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and other concerned agencies shows that the Valley’s population is highly vulnerable to diarrheal infection as water quality is not fit for drinking. The MoHP, which carried out the post-quake risk assessment in Kathmandu valley and several other districts found 74 percent water samples collected from the affected districts unfit for drinking.
The study was jointly carried out by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) , National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), under the of the Department of Health services (DoHS),Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) of MoHP, Nepalese Army Medical Corps (NAMC) and a number of volunteers from various health institutes.