Jajarkot outbreak: 18 more docs mobilised

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KATHMANDU, APR 22 – Amid criticisms of the government’s lax response to contain the epidemic, at least 18 doctors and 50 medics have been deployed in several VDCs in Jajarkot. The government is preparing to deploy 10 doctors and 23 medics more in the outbreak zone where a majority of patients are believed to have contracted H1N1 influenza.

Suspected cases of swine flu have affected Paink, Sakla, Nayabada, Talegaun, Ramidanda, Rokayagaun, Laha, Kortang and Majkot VDCs the most. In a statement on Tuesday, the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Department of Health Services said Dr Bibhanta Jha and Dr Krishna Maharjan are stationed in Talegaun, Dr Rajendra GC is in Dhine, Dr Gyanendra Nepali attends to patients in Nayak Bada, Dr Achyut Acharya is based in Limsa, Dr Durga Dhungana is in Majkot and Dr Kalyan Sapkota provides care in Pajaru. Other doctors head teams to treat patients in Thala Bazar, Archhani, Kortang and Sakla VDCs.

In an emergency meeting, Health Minister Khaga Raj Adhikari directed hospitals inKathmandu to form three teams each from Bir Hospital, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Civil Service Hospital and Bhaktapur Hospital for deployment in the mid-western district.

Dr KC in swine flu affected Jajarkot

Jajarkot: Senior orthopedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) inKathmandu , Dr Govinda KC, arrived here on Tuesday to treat patients affected by the outbreak of H1N1 swine flu that has already claimed 24 lives in the district.

Hundreds of villagers have already been taken ill with symptoms of the communicable disease in Jajarkot.

Dr KC, who staged a 12-day hunger strike demanding reforms in the country’s medical sector, had left for swine flu affected villages in Jajarkot from Nepalgunj on Monday.

Doctors following up the health condition of Dr KC had advised him against his decision to visit patients in Jajarkot villages as he has not completely recovered from the hunger strike.

“We advised him not to go to Jarjarkot district because following the hunger strike, his immune system is still weak to fight against any disease,” said Dr YP Singh on Monday.

KC has also carried some equipments and medicines along with him.

“Please don’t write about me. Instead write about the woes of the people suffering from the disease in the district,” said Dr KC while speaking to journalists. “I will start treating patients from Wednesday.”

This is not the first instance of Dr KC visiting remote villages in the country to provide medical assistance.

He visits remote places inside and even outside the country by spending his salary to provide medical treatment to the needy patients