Navigation Links
Bihar Under the Grip of Kala Azar

Thousands are dying in Bihar due to kala azar, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by the tiny sand fly. And a former minister says he knows how to battle the scourge.

According to C.P. Thakur, a former central minister and chairman of the Kala Azar Task Force in Bihar, over 100,000 people, mostly the poor, are suffering from this disease and thousands have already died this year.

"They are dying in thousands and silently. It is unlike when dozens died due to dengue in Delhi, creating a flutter," Thakur told IANS here.

The sand fly that transmits the disease multiplies in the cow dung villagers use liberally to plaster their shanties or as cow dung cakes for fuel.

The flies survive on the sap in banana and bamboo groves and the decomposed cow dung heaps. They make their home in the straw thatches of houses.

The disease is characterised by fever, weight loss, swelling of the spleen and liver and leads to cardiovascular complications resulting in death.

"A large number of patients in flood-prone north Bihar districts hardly report to health centres and die a silent death," said Thakur, an internationally reputed expert of kala azar.

He said the official figure of 30,000 kala azar cases is far from reality.

"Those are only the reported cases of kala azar. What about those cases that go unreported in rural areas? There was no figure available about them," Thakur said.

Early this year, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set up the task force on kala azar headed by Thakur to suggest measures to eradicate the disease by 2010.

Thakur said that continued spraying of insecticides for at least five years in a phased manner and supervised administration of Amphotericin B could eliminate the disease.

"There is an urgent need for at least 100,000 vials of Amphotericin-B to control the rising incidence of kala azar. For a complete elimination of the disease, over 500,000 vials are required," Thakur said.

Currently, 31 of 38 districts in Bihar are in the grip of the disease.

"Dengue deaths in Delhi has become a national issue, but deaths due to kala azar that has been regularly reported in rural Bihar hardly makes any news," he lamented.

Experts say poor living standards and unhygienic conditions make members of the Mushahar community of Dalits an easy prey to the disease.

The kala azar, medically known as Visceral Leishmaniasis, is also known as the poor man's disease because it affects the poorest of the poor.

According to sources in the state government, the World Bank, WHO and the Bill Gates Foundation have shown keen interest to fund the kala azar eradication programme.

Many of the worst kala azar hit areas of Bihar are the northern districts of Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and East and West Champaran.

Bihar last faced a kala azar epidemic in 1991 when 250,000 cases were reported. In 2000, the numbers were low but started rising from 2003.

The disease occurs in 62 countries, primarily in the developing world. Around 90 percent of world cases are found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sudan and northeast Brazil.

Experts say over 60 percent of the cases in India are found in Bihar alone.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Woman prisoner in Bihar found HIV positive
2. Five patients die amid Bihar doctors strike
3. Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike
4. Blood Goes Down the Drain in Bihar Hospital
5. Encephalitis Claims 25 Lives In Bihar
6. Both Kidneys Robbed From A Poor Rickshaw Driver In Bihar
7. Bihar Health Officials Worried As Polio Cases Soar
8. Measles Outbreak In Bihar Creates Panic
9. Bihar Government Dismissed Doctors For Negligence
10. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Favours Herbal Farming
11. Yoga Guru appointed Bihars brand ambassador
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... Lafayette, California (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a pioneer in the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership ... and health system workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film ... Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Any dentist who has made an implant supported denture ... of them do not even offer this as a viable ... costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer that ... cost that the majority of today,s patients would not be ... , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of Implanova ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, ... residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid ... ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in ... states – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: