The Ministry of Health and Population has urged the public to take precautions against increasing risk of cholera infection in the Kathmandu Valley. Cholera, a bacterial disease, is generally spread through the consumption of contaminated food and water may be fatal if left untreated.
The Ministry urged this following the detection of 12 cases of cholera in the Kathmandu Valley. People have been advised to purify and boil water before drinking.
Ministry joint-spokesperson Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari said the government is alert to increasing risk of cholera with the confirmations of 12 cases in the Valley and the people have been urged to take preventions: intake of purified or boiled water, hygienic food and complying with sanitary practices against the infection risk.
They have been additionally urged to use toilets, wash hands with soap and safe water properly after using toilets, clean hands before preparing, feeding and eating food, and keep the sources of water neat and clean.
Stomach pain, vomiting, severe diarrhea, excessive thirst and dehydration are among the symptoms of cholera. Though it can be treated easily at home, hospital visit is recommended in case of severity.