Cholera prevention campaign

- SHIVA PURI, RAUTAHUT

Jun 21, 2014-

After failing to prevent the spread of Cholera that has gripped Gaindatar, Chandrapur municipality-2 since the last two months, the Nepal Red Cross Society, Rautahut has arranged to pour water purifying liquid at the village water source itself.

The Society has mobilised separate teams, comprising of women and student volunteers and started a door-to-door campaign to create awareness about the disease and the method of using the water purifying liquid.

“The medicine purifies the water and reduces the risk of the disease. But some people do not prefer to use the medicine due to its peculiar smell,” said one of the volunteers, Kalpana Phunyal.

The campaign was launched after failing to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera. Phunyal said that as the water at the source itself was unfit for human consumption, everyday about a 100 of them had been pouring the medicine at the source. The students of Janshakti Secondary School had come up with the strategy after discovering that the medicine distributed to people coming in for treatment at the health camps was not being used.

Meanwhile, local Saraswati Phunyal said that they had mobilised volunteers at other water sources of Kalapani, Bhulbhubul well, and the dam well inside the jungle. Meanwhile, locals have made it mandatory for all households to use the medicine, and agreeing to deny treatment to those not using it.

Informative posters also teach the locals on how to use the medicine and other hygiene issues. “We will wash our hands with soap and use the medicine as instructed,” said local Juli Maya Thing, who’s son just recovered from the disease.

    According to doctors, they had treated 1,000 patients in the village until Saturday.

Published: 22-06-2014 09:30

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