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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Nepal : Incidence of water-borne diseases down this year

Via Himalayan Times :

" KATHMANDU: Out of 788 cases of water borne diseases, the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) has recorded 23 deaths till date this year in the remote districts of the mid and far western regions. Dr Vishwo Raj Khanal, senior public health officer at EDCD said the number of water borne disease cases could go up after the rainy season commences.

But this time, we are ready to respond as we have sufficient medicine and medical personnel have been mobilised, he added.He however said that with the rise in temperature, scarcity of safe drinking water and lack of proper sanitation, cases of water borne diseases had been recorded. Dr Khanal informed that less number of water borne disease cases were recorded compared to last year.

Diarrhoea patients have been identified in Jajarkot, Bajura, Dailekh, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Rukum, Tanahun, Dhading, Achham and Bajhang districts. Around 366 persons died between mid-April to mid-October last year according to government records, while NGOs have put the death toll at 394. EDCD has formed Community Rapid Community Response Teams in 20 vulnerable districts and rapid response teams nationwide."

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