No risk of epidemic in quake-hit areas: ECDCD

No risk of epidemic in quake-hit areas: ECDCD

The Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Control Division (ECDCD) has stated that there is no risk of epidemic in the affected areas following the devastating earthquake of April 25.

The Division gave this information in an interaction programme on the present status of communicable diseases in Nepal and the health problems encountered during the summer and the rainy season, organised here today.

On carrying out tests on 54 samples collected from the earthquake-affected areas, mild type of B positive was found in only one sample, the Division stated in the interaction programme on the present situation related to Ebola and the swine flu or Influenza A H1N1.
Director at the ECDCD Dr Bbauram Marasini pointed out the need of becoming alert and aware about the spread of food and meat -borne diseases, eating of wild mushroom, diseases resulting from consumption of contaminated milk and snakebite as this is the season of change in weather.

He said ‘loo’ or heat wave has not occurred in districts other than Banke, Bardiya and Kailali, advising staying indoors, taking rest and drinking adequate water in such condition.

Stating the danger of the Ebola virus entering the country remained as many Nepalese Army soldiers are stationed in Liberia on UN peacekeeping mission, Dr Marasini called on the government to be cautious about this. He added that although Ebola spread in 10 countries of Africa including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberai, it has had no impact so far in Nepal, however, this was not a situation to be complacent.

Director of the National Public Health Laboratory Dr Geeta Shakya said 54 samples were collected in the 14 earthquake affected districts and tested. The results showed that only one sample out of the 54 had mild type of B Positive.

Dr Shakya said different samples were collected for Influenza A, B and C, and sent to the World Health Organisation.

Dr Keshav Yogi of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health Officer Bhim Sapkota and Gokarna Nepal also spoke on different health-related problems on the occasion. RSS

Source: Myrepublica