HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Though the monsoon has brought relief from the scorching heat, cases of water borne diseases are pouring in at Sukraraj Tropical Infectious Disease Hospital.
Cases of gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, dysentery and typhoid have been piling up at the hospital for the last few days, said Dr Arjun Raj Pant, senior consultant pediatrician. On average, ten cases are reported every day.
Contamination of food and water are the main reasons for monsoon related diseases. “One should ensure personal hygiene and cleanliness of the environment,” he said. Pant further said municipalities and local government bodies should gear up with quality testing of water including bottled water. The government should also take initiative to monitor food quality at restaurants and hotels, he said.
Drinking water and sewerage pipes should be installed separately to prevent water contamination, Pant said.
He advised drinking clean water, washing hands with soap frequently, maintaining personal cleanliness and taking fresh food to prevent water borne diseases.
Consultant Physician Dr Shankar Bahadur Shrestha said it was time to show concern about controlling and preventing these diseases as the patients’ numbers were likely to jump after the monsoon fully started.
He, however, said the number of patients had gone down compared to previous years, suggesting that people were now more concerned about health. People should watch their food and drinking habit and consult the doctor as soon they have symptoms, said Shrestha.