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Typhoid fever gets out of control in Dolpa, Far West Nepal

DOLPA: Typhoid, stalking people in the district for a week, is yet to come under control. The district hospital, having 15 beds, is forced to manage service to 25 patients.

Till some days back, 21 persons were receiving treatment for typhoid. Out of five persons visiting the hospital, three have to be provided medical service with admission. Most of them are from Thulibheri municipality, ward no 2 and 3.

Doctor Sijan Baral shared that the hospital was forced to provide treatment to 10 patients on the floor while 15 on the bed. Even the bed used by health workers at quarters is brought to hospital for the patients, he added.

Doctor Rawal however shared that both the province and central agencies were informed about the problem. They were asked to be serious to control the problem on time because the typhoid could grow to take epidemic proportions for the public.

Even the drug in the stock was getting used up because no flight was conducted from Nepalgunj to Dolpa for three days. Moreover, even the health workers attending to the patients began suffering from typhoid.

Dr Bhim Bahadur Budha, nurse Dilu Budha, CMA Ganga Ojha and Dilip Rokaya, ANM Pushpa Oli and Jhuma Hamal, and lab assistant Kanchan Rokaya and other employees have been suffering from fever. It has resulted in the dearth of employees to attend other patients. Some hospital staffs are employed round the clock.

The people in the district have been suggested to drink water only after boiling it properly.

Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Mukesh Kumar Keshari shared that preparation was on to provide water purification drops- piyush- to every family in the affected area. However, it was being stocked in Nepalgunj for disruption of air flight for three days. Every household at ward no 3 would be provided piyush first. Similarly, the administration office has initiated to send additional medical persons from the neighbouring villages in view of the growing cases of typhoid.

Published Date: Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | 06:40 PM

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