The deadly diarrhea epidemic has started to spread its menace in far-western districts.
Even as people continue to fall victim to diarrhea in Jajarkot, the worst affected district where the death toll has reached 106 as of Monday, the disease has now spread to neighboring Surkhet district where five people have died so far.
Reports quoted District Health Office (DHO) chief Ramesh Prasad Adhikari as saying that three people died in Lagam and one in Lekhparajul on Monday and one in Ghoreta on Friday due to the disease. Around 150 people have also fallen sick in these remote VDC's.
Adhikari said that diarrhea has been raging in remote VDC's of Surkhet from the past few days, prompting them to sound a high alert for controlling the epidemic.
Similarly, reports from Rukkum say that three more people died of diarrhea in Rukum district, taking the death toll to 22.
According to reports, the disease has spread in 13 VDCs of Rukum and more than 400 are believed to be ill.
Meanwhile, diarrhea has started to take a toll on the people of Latamandau and Banlekh VDCs in Doti district, rendering more than 30 persons ill.
According to RSS, the disease has been spreading here since the past one week and has already claimed the life of one person.
District Public Health Officer of Doti Ganesh KC said that a team of health workers has been pressed into service to control diarrhea spread. He said that diarrhea patients are being treated at health camps.
People dinking water polluted by monsoon rains is said to be cause of diarrhea outbreak.
Meanwhile, a team of doctors, who arrived from Kathmandu in helicopter to treat diarrhea patients in Jajarkot district, are left stranded in Chaurjahariya of Rukum.
They were pressed into service acting on the direction of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
It takes more than three hours of walk to reach the Jajarkot district headquarters from Chaurjahariya. The team of doctors led by Dr. Krishna Hari Subedi was supposed to land at the diarrhea-hit area. But that did not happen due to inclement weather.
Nepal Army helicopters has been working round the clock to airdrop medicines and transport health workers to the diarrhea affected areas of far western districts.
However, health workers haven't been able to visit all affected areas owing to which the disease is still not coming under control. nepalnews.com