Locals want clean water to fight cholera

- SHIVA PURI, RAUTAHAT

May 28, 2014-

Local people at Gaidatar in Chandrapur Municpality-2, Rautahat, who have been living under the grip of cholera for the past one month, have demanded water supply to fight the disease. The locals said they are forced to drink contaminated water from local rivers and a well, which is one of the major causes of the disease.

Health workers who are providing treatment to cholera patients in the village said the outbreak is caused by consumption of contaminated water. The disease has claimed a girl and affected more than 700 locals in the past one month. Though a health camp being run by doctors from a Chandraniga-hapur-based hospital is providing treatment to the patients, the number of people receiving treatment is increasing every day.

Assistant Health Worker Matrika Chalise, who has been assigned to treat the cholera patients, said the outbreak cannot be controlled as long as locals continue drinking contaminated water.

On Tuesday, Health and Population Minister Khagraj Adhikari reached the affected village and asked local people to take extra caution on sanitation. The minister suggested them to build toilets at their houses. Local resident Arjun Timalsina accused the government of not initiating efforts to control the disease that spreads in the village very year. Seven years ago too seven people died of the disease in the village.

Published: 29-05-2014 09:21

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