October 2, Dolpa : Hepatitis ‘B’ has been identified as an emerging serious health challenge in Upper Dolpa.
During a recent health camp conducted at Dolpo Buddha rural municipality in Dolpa, 70, out of 343 who visited the camp, were diagnosed with hepatitis ‘B’. It means that over 20 percent among those visiting the camp were found carrying the hepatitis ‘B’ virus in their bodies.
Bir Hospital Kathmandu’s senior liver disease specialist Dr Sudhamshu KC defines the situation as a challenging and serious one. “One among four is likely to be found with hepatitis ‘B’ positive in Upper Dolpa,” he said, adding that in lack of timely interventions, it was likely to take an epidemic turn in the future.
During the camp, it was found that people were not aware of the disease, he said, suggesting that the local government should immediately launch public awareness programmes to this regard. Most infected are from Dho village and the virus has been found among the people from Saldang, Bhijer, Chharka and Phoksundo as well.