Kathmandu: Guthi, a non-governmental organisation, launched a cholera mitigation campaign with a slogan of ‘Build Good Habit, Drink Pure Water’ with the assistance of the Nepal government, UNICEF and UN-HABITAT. [The launch was held at the] Ganabahal unit of Nepal Red Cross Society.
According the figures from Valley-based hospitals, 4,000 people suffered from diarrhoea [in 2007]. Among them, 250 people suffered from cholera and five of them died. Most of the victims were children. In the current year, according to records of Teku Hospital, 200 people were found to have caught cholera.
The [campaign] organizers said they were going to set up mitigation camps at 75 places of Kathmandu Valley mobilizing their volunteers to distribute chlorine and raise awareness among the people about use of purified water at hotels, restaurants, schools and houses. At the programme, the organizers had exhibited the techniques of water purification, sanitation and management of household garbage.
Director of Guthi Anil Sthapit said, “We will go from door to door to make people aware about cholera and water purification technology.”
Source: NGO Forum, 05 Sep 2008
Chlorine solution has been distributed free of cost to around 1,000 families to control cholera that has been raging in the Kathmandu Valley. The solution for water disinfection is being distributed at 75 different locations from temporary booths of the Kathmandu Valley.
“We have already educated more than 2,000 people about personal hygiene and the process of making drinking water safe,” said Dipesh Raj Sharma, coordinator of the campaign, adding.
More than 100 volunteers of the campaign are visiting door-to-door, grocery stores and small and big restaurants to make them aware of safe drinking water and sanitation. Additional 100 volunteers will be mobilized in the month-long campaign.
Source: Annapurna Post / NGO Forum, 15 Sep 2008