At least 10 elephants of Chitwan National Park (CNP) in central Nepal, suffering from tuberculosis (TB) for the last 18 months, are not getting treatment due to apathy of concerned authorities.
According to The Kathmandu Post Monday's report, though the infected elephants have been quarantined so that other elephants do not contract the disease, they have not been given treatment.
Officials at the Elephant Management Section of CNP said despite frequent correspondence regarding the condition of infected elephants with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation and the Ministry of Forest, authorities have taken no initiative to ensure treatment for the tuskers.
"As medication for each infected elephant costs no less than 50, 000 Nepali rupees (780 US dollars), curing them at the local level is not possible," said Rameshwor Chaudhary, chief of the section, adding, "They need continuous medication for 18 months. This is not possible without help from the department," he was quoted by the daily as saying.
A team comprising national as well as international doctors, which inspected the condition of the elephants, confirmed that the giant mammals have TB. The symptoms of TB were seen in November 2005.
There are altogether 56 elephants in this section of CNP. The breeding and rearing of mammals, among other works, have been badly affected due to the communicable disease, according to staffers.