The number of cholera cases in the Kathmandu Valley dropped drastically after a various intervention programmes, according to a study carried out by an NGO. The month-long Cholera Mitigation Campaign launched in September 2008, reduced the number cholera cases from 315 to zero. During the campaign 250 volunteers were engaged in awareness raising and chlorine distribution.
A special programme was organised to thank the volunteers involved in the campaign of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MPPW) launched with support from UNICEF, UN-HABITAT Water for Asian Cities programme and some 25 local NGOs.
At the meeting, the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Suman Sharma, told that the government is developing a strategy to prevent outbreaks of contagious diseases like diarrhoea and cholera in 2009.