Via República: EDCD requests WHO for anti cholera vaccine. Excerpt:
KATHMANDU, June 7 : After all its attempts to control the spread of cholera in Rautahat failed, the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of the Department of Health Services (DoHS) has sought help of the World Health Organization (WHO) in curbing the disease.
The EDCD has sent formal letter to the WHO country office requesting it to arrange anti-cholera vaccines, officials said.
"Rautahat´s cholera outbreak is still out of control more than two and half months after it began spreading. So we have requested the WHO country office to find anti-cholera vaccine," Dr Baburam Marasaini, director at the EDCD, said, adding that the disease can be controlled only with the help of vaccine.
He said that the office has been trying its best to control the outbreak but treatment alone is proving to be ineffective. The patients who show signs of improvement after treatment again get infected," Dr Marasaini said. He informed that the office has requested the officials at the WHO to buy 20,000 vile of anti-cholera vaccines.
Two people died and over 1,000 got infected from the cholera infection that spread in the Gaidatar VDC of Rautahat for over two and half months. The District Health Office (DHO), Rautahat said that every day, over 20 cholera infected people visit health camp set at a local school at the VDC.
Director Marasaini, however, said that the vaccination and treatment are not the permanent solution of the problem.
"Unless we ensure safe drinking water to all, the problems will remain," he added. Due to the contaminated water, every day dozens of people get infected with cholera. E coli and trigella bacteria had been found in the water that local people drink.