Friday, July 16, 2010

Damauli on sickbed

Damauli and adjoining areas are on sickbed, thanks to increase in the number of fever and typhoid patients with the onset of monsoon.
These days, typhoid and fever patients can be found in almost every household in Damauli Bazaar. With over 200 patients visiting it daily, Damauli hospital is finding it difficult to cope with patients’ pressure. The patients have been left in the lurch as health workers too have fallen ill. Says Chudamani Dahal, chairman of the National
Apolo Hospital, “Number of patients is increasing by the day.” He maintains that ty- phoid might pose a greater threat if effective control measures are not taken.
With local health institu- tions crowded, patients have started travelling to Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan for treatment.
Sushilnath Pyakurel, a local, claims that the disease is taking epidemic proportions, all due to contaminated water.
Damauli Drinking Water and Sanitation Consumers Committee Chairman Shantiraman Wagle refutes the claim, saying that water is not to blame.