Press release on spreading cholera as an epidemic
Date: - 7th August 2009-
Cholera has spread as an epidemic in many districts; Jajarkot, Dailekh, Surkhet, Bajura, Achham of mid-western and far western region of Nepal since last three months. During these three months, about two hundred and fifty Nepalese people were killed untimely in these regions. By the third week of the Shrawan 2066, two hundred and thirty five people of these regions were killed due to the lack of proper and timely treatment and medicine service. But the epidemic has not been controlled yet. In such serious condition, FEDWASUN draw governments’ attention to provide medicine as well as health manpower in those affected areas to secure the life of its citizens due to untimely death.
FEDWASUN believes lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitation as the main cause of spreading Cholera as an epidemic. It is very sad to know that Cholera affected large portion of population and ended many human lives due to water borne diseases even in 21st century. FEDWASUN is serious to know that even in such emergent situation, governments’ efforts to control further spreading and to save human lives are not being as effective as it must have been.
Governments’ negligence to provide water and sanitation rights of its citizens are the serious issue of public concern. In this context, FEDWASUN requests the government of Nepal and concerned authorities to declare those areas as ‘Health Crisis Zone’. It requests as well to make base line study of the cause of spreading Cholera as epidemic so that it will be effective to control the disease. Moreover, FEDWASUN expresses its commitments to give its hands in cooperation to work with concerned authorities to control further spreading of Cholera as an epidemic and secure people’s rights to life.
Mr. Rajendra Aryal