Dengue Reports High in Dharan

  July 20, 2023 By: INSEC

Dengue infection has been detected in various wards of Dharan Sub-metropolitan City, specifically in wards 11, 15, and 17. Due to the increasing number of dengue patients, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan has requested all three levels of government to provide dengue test kits (rapid) to address the outbreak.

The BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences has informed that the 500 dengue test kits provided by Dharan Sub-Metropolitan Municipality are almost depleted. Consequently, they have requested additional test kits from the Dharan Sub-Metropolitan Municipality, the Provincial Ministry of Health, and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Dr. Chudamani Pokharel, co-spokesperson of the foundation, mentioned that they have received assurance for 200 more kits from Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City, and they have further requested the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health, for an additional 2000 kits.

In response to the dengue outbreak, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences has established a separate dengue clinic to provide specialized treatment services to dengue patients. The clinic is operated in collaboration with Dharan Sub-metropolitan city and is staffed with doctors, nurses, and paramedics. It operates seven days a week, providing free dengue tests to patients.

Dr. Chudamani Pokharel emphasized that dengue can be promptly detected through testing at the clinic. If dengue is confirmed by the test, patients will be further examined and undergo necessary tests at the institute’s laboratory.

According to the foundation, 80 percent of patients visiting the clinic have tested positive for dengue. Wards 11, 15, and 17 in Dharan sub-metropolitan city have reported a higher number of dengue infections.

Dr. Pokharel highlighted that common symptoms of dengue include low blood pressure, increased heart rate, bleeding from the gums and body sores, sudden vomiting, and abdominal pain, among others.

The Constitution of Nepal, 2015, recognizes health-related rights as fundamental rights under Article 35. Sub-section 1 of the same article guarantees that every citizen has the right to receive basic health services free of charge from the state, and no one shall be deprived of emergency health services.

INSEC, Koshi Province Office, Biratnagar