Nepal records 20 diarrhea deaths for water-borne diseases

17:35, May 22, 2010      

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Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) under the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population, has so far recorded 20 diarrhea deaths due to water-borne diseases this year.

According to Saturday's The Himalayan Times daily, Dr Vishwo Raj Khanal, senior public health officer at EDCD said no outbreak had been recorded as yet. But with continued increase in temperature, scarcity of safe drinking water and lack of proper sanitation, there were some cases of water-borne diseases.

According to EDCD, 20 people out of 441 infected with diarrhea died last month in remote districts of the mid and far-western regions.

Khanal said that they had recorded less number of people suffering from water borne diseases in comparison to the same period last year.

While government records put the death toll between mid-April to mid-October last year at 366, non-governmental organizations recorded 394 deaths for the same period.

EDCD has formed Community Rapid Response Teams in 20 vulnerable districts to respond immediately to any outbreak. The Division has also formed rapid response teams nationwide.

Source: Xinhua

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