Water tests from the Valley were contaminated to about 70%.
Kathmandu: According to authorities, it is difficult to contain the outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera if safe drinking water is not provided. In just 8 days, at least 12 individuals had cholera positive tests.
In a research made by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, it was discovered that E coli and faecal coliform were present in about 70% of drinking water samples from the Kathmandu Valley.
Drinking water that has been contaminated by germs found in human excrement is unsafe, according to officials.
In regions where people have tested positive for cholera, Kaushal Subedi, a representative of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, told the press, “We have gathered samples of drinking water.” Samples included both bottled (jar) and tap water, none of which we deemed suitable for direct consumption.
According to the division, at least 12 individuals have tested positive for cholera since last Sunday from a variety of locations in the Kathmandu Valley, including Balaju, Bagbazar, Dillibazar, Sanepa, Kapan, Thankot, Khashibazar, Balkhu, and Koteshwor.
Stool samples from each of the 12 people tested positive for the Vibrio cholera 01 Ogawa serotype.
A very contagious disease called cholera produces severe vomiting and diarrhoea, which causes dehydration and, if ignored, can quickly result in death.
According to the World Health Organization, cholera poses a threat to public health on a worldwide scale and is a sign of socioeconomic instability and inequality.
The increase in cholera infections as early as June has experts wondering if the waste that has been lying around the city for months is also to blame. They claim that the other explanation would be the increased expense of living, which may have led individuals to drink water without first boiling it.
There are worries that the deadly infection has spread to other parts of the Valley as cholera cases have been reported from other pocket areas.
According to the World Health Organization, cholera control and a decline in mortality depend on a diversified strategy.
According to doctors, the only ways to prevent people from dying from water-borne diseases like cholera are to start awareness campaigns and ensure that there is safe drinking water.
According to experts, preventing the infection from spreading requires a mix of rigorous surveying, making sure that there is safe drinking water, maintaining sanitation and hygiene, mobilizing the community, and treatment.
People should exercise caution by not drinking water until it has been verified to be safe or by boiling it first, and by maintaining good hygiene, advised Bhatta. “Responsible authorities must take action to guarantee safe drinking water.”