Cholera may spread in Kathmandu, let’s be careful – Online Khabar

June 6, Kathmandu. Diarrhea is on the rise in the emergency room of Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital, Teku.

On Sunday alone, 10 diarrhea patients were admitted and on Monday, 7-8 new patients came. On Thursday, 22 diarrhea patients reached the hospital on the same day. Information Officer of the hospital Nawaraj Gautam informed that 8-9 diarrhea patients come daily.

Doctors involved in the treatment say that the growing number of diarrhea patients has raised the question of whether the infection has spread in Kathmandu. Because the two sisters who were admitted to the hospital were diagnosed with cholera on 2 May.

Three more people currently being treated in the hospital’s ICU are also suspected of having cholera. One of them is a woman working in Kalimati fruits and vegetables while the other two men are working in Sanepa and Sindhupalchowk.

According to the doctor, his blood pressure was very low when he was admitted to the emergency room of the hospital. Their RDT has been positive, but no culture report has been received. ‘Until you look at the culture report, you can’t say for sure. But looking at their symptoms, there is a possibility of infection ‘, says a doctor involved in the treatment. That also puts us at risk for cholera. ‘

The government is finding the source of the infection

Outside the ICU ward of the hospital, the staff of the Public Health Office, Kathmandu, was searching for a young man who is a relative of a patient who was admitted with cholera on May 2. Cholera has been confirmed in two sisters of Bagbazar and the District Public Health Office is trying to identify the source of the infection.

The 18-year-old and 23-year-old woman from Bagbazar were living with their two brothers. According to the patient’s brother, the sick sister works in a furniture shop in Kamalpokhari. They both ate spicy food last Wednesday. Then they started having diarrhea.

“It is said that he had prepared and eaten spicy food at his work place on Wednesday afternoon. After coming to the room, there was diarrhea ‘, said the patient’s brother,’ We drink both tap and jar water in the room. That’s what caused the infection! ‘

A team from the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Control Division (EDCD), Public Health Office and Kathmandu Metropolitan City has been deployed in Bagbazar area to find the source of cholera infection.

The director of EDCD, Dr. According to Chuman Lal Das, the team will collect samples of sewage, water and food from Bagbazar area. “We monitor the people there to see if there are any symptoms,” Das said. Now we are monitoring the quality of water and food.

‘Outbreak may occur in Kathmandu’

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Sher Bahadur, on the other hand, sees the risk of outbreak as Kathmandu has already seen cholera. ‘Cholera has entered Kathmandu. It is spreading slowly. Because the water or food of the place may have been eaten by others, ‘said Dr. Shukraraj Tropical and Communicable Diseases Hospital. “More patients come to the hospital because of cholera than because of other infections,” he said.

Cholera is a waterborne disease caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae and is spread by consuming contaminated water or food. Symptoms last from one hour to five days after infection.

Symptoms of cholera include frequent passing of white water and rice grain-shaped mucus, excessive thin white stool-like stools, muscle spasms, vomiting, and fatigue.

Among the diarrhea-causing infections, cholera can lead to complications in a short period of time. Dr. According to Pun, cholera can cause serious complications in one in ten infected people.

‘Cholera is likely to break out if precautions are not taken in time. Cholera may be severe, but failure to provide timely treatment can lead to up to 50 percent mortality. Pun told Unlikekhbar.

According to doctors, asymptomatic infections are more likely to spread the infection. “Infected people can be infected by giving food and water to other people without washing their hands properly after going to the toilet,” said an infectious disease specialist. He says, “In the past, cholera was spread by dirty water, but now it can be spread by clean water.” Purchased drinking water may not be safe.

As it is rainy season now, it is necessary to take precaution in time to prevent the epidemic. Pun explains. If someone has diarrhea, they should drink water of life and go to the hospital. Suggests again.

He says that cholera can be prevented by paying attention to hygiene, washing hands and feet thoroughly with soap and water after giving directions, drinking boiled water and washing vegetables and salads with clean water.

Hundreds of people were affected by cholera in Kapilvastu last year and 10 people died. Most of the dead did not receive timely treatment. At present, the government is vaccinating against cholera in the affected areas of Kapilvastu.

In Kathmandu area, the availability of vaccine against cholera is not easy. Das explains. “Vaccines from international aid have now been made available to the people of Kapilvastu. It is not easy to make it available in Kathmandu right now, ‘said Das.

Although the government is working to prevent and control cholera, the general public should pay attention to sanitation. Das suggests. He says that drinking boiled water and paying attention to sanitation should be taken as the main option now.

In the last three months alone, 425 diarrhea patients have been treated at Shukraraj Hospital. According to the hospital, 116 people received treatment in April, 162 in April and 147 in May.





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