Elderly dies due to diarrhoea in Jajarkot, situation worse in Bajhang too

SURKHET: An elderly man died of diarrhoea at Khalanga-6, Risang, in Jajarkot district on Tuesday. Dilaram Khadka, 73, of the district headquarters died of diarrhoea on the way to the district hospital, said local Birkha Karki.

Karki said conjurers were invited to treat Khadka after the symptoms of diarrhoea.

Locals said that the number of diarrhoea affected is on the rise in the area lately. However, the health posts are run without sufficient medicines and teams of health workers, locals complained.

Similarly, diarrhoea has spread at Rilu VDC in Bajhang for a week. At least 24 persons have been affected in Ward No 5 and 6 of the VDC. Local Keshav Bohara said condition of 10 persons is critical.

The locals complained that the only assistant-health worker at Rilu Sub-Health Post has not turned up the health post for over a month.

Local Janak Nwal said the diarrhoea patients have visited witch doctors due to the absence of health workers.

Likewise, the number of diarrhoea patients is increasing at Chharna, Thalara, Bungal and other areas in the district with the beginning of rainy season.

Bishnu Drautyal, a teacher at Sainpasela, said that diarrhoea could take an epidemic form if provisions for timely treatment were not taken. RSS

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