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Category: Health

Halt in supply of scrub typhus kit deprives patients of free test

23 June, Chitwan: A halt in the supply of kits required for diagnosing scrub typhus from the government-level here has forced people to visit the private health facility in need. According to the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Chitwan, the Office has not received the scrub typhus kits from the center for the past four months. Prior to this, the Office would obtain kits from the Department of Health Services and provide to the Bharatpur Hospital. The facility for testing the scrub typhus bacteria ( Orientia tsutsugamushi formally known as Rickettsia) is currently available only in the Chitwan Medical...

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Four scrub typhus cases found in Chitwan in two months

20 June, Ratnanagar (Chitwan): Four new cases of scrub typhus have been detected in Chitwan in the past two months. The District Public Health Office (DPHO), Chitwan confirmed the detection of four news cases of scrub typhus in the period of two months (mid-April to mid-June). Four women– three from the district and one from Nawalparasi–were tested positive for the Orientia tsutsugamushi (formally Rickettsia tsutsugamushi) bacteria that causes the disease. According to DPHO Chitwan’s Ram Kumar KC, they are being treated at the Chitwan Medical College. The district had first reported the scrub typhus case last year, further finding...

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Rare pregnancy case successfully treated in Beni Hospital

11 June, Beni (Myagdi): A woman has been successfully treated for what is known as ‘ectopic pregnancy’, a rare medical case in which fertilized egg is found outside of the uterus. The rare medical case was neutralized by the doctors at the Beni hospital after a successful operation on a 30 – year – old woman from Baranja in Mangala rural municipality. The team of health professionals led by Dr Dhiren Malla was successful in extracting the fertilized egg and placing it where it belongs. The woman had married three years ago, and on April 12 the family was...

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Industry Ministry to release Rs 100 million grant for Eye Centre’s capacity enhancement

2 June, Kathmandu: The Ministry of Industry (MoI) has decided to provide Rs 100 million grant to the Nepal Eye Centre for its capacity enhancement. Organizing a press conference at the MoI, Minister for Industry Nabindra Raj Joshi said that the amount will be spent to develop infrastructure and set up intraocular lens manufacturing facility and expand its market abroad. Minister Joshi said, “The eye lenses manufactured in Nepal are world class. Nepal is currently exporting such lenses to 17 countries and the target is to expand the market across 50 countries.” Rs 10.5 million to Pun’s Innovation Centre...

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Minister Thapa for equitable access to quality health

25 May, Kathmandu: Minister for Health Gagan Thapa has stressed the need of mainstreaming health agenda, strengthening primary health care, reducing cost of drugs, lessening the burden of non-communicable diseases for LDCs and preparing ground for equitable access to quality health care through Universal Health Coverage. Minister Thapa pointed out such needs while delivering the national statement of Nepal at a plenary session of the Seventieth World Health Assembly in Geneva on Wednesday, said a press release issued by the Permanent Mission of Nepal to UN, Geneva. He opened his statement, expressing solidarity with the world community by condemning...

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Health Ministry asks DPHO chiefs to be on stand-by on Election Day

11 May, Kathmandu: The Health Ministry has directed chiefs of all district public health offices (DPHO) to remain on stand-by to deal with emergency situation relating to voters’ health (if any) on Election Day (May 14). A circular has been issued to all DPHO chiefs of all 75 districts in this regard, said Director General of the Department of Health Services Dr Rajendra Panta. “We have written to doctors and health workers not to take leave or remain on deputation until the Election Day. They have also been asked to keep ready necessary medicines, ambulances and other medical equipments...

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Diarrhoea that spread in Musahar settlement in Siraha contained

11 May, Lahan (Siraha): Diarrhoea epidemic that had spread in a Musahar settlement at Bariyarpatti rural municipality-1 in Siraha for the past one week has come under control, claimed health workers. The waterborne disease had claimed one named Kabita, 10 years old daughter of local resident Ram Udgar Sadaya, while at least 10 others were taken ill. After being informed of the epidemic, health workers had been dispatched to the affected area immediately and patients were treated by setting up health camps at a local school, said Chief of the District Public Health Office, Dr Chuman Lal Das. “I...

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Cancer protocol’ enforced to bring uniformity in treatment

9 May, Kathmandu: The government has enforced ‘cancer protocol’ to bring uniformity in treatment of cancer disease. At a programme organised at the Health Ministry on Monday, Health Management Division, Director Dr Bikas Devkota, handed over the protocol to Health Minister Gangan Thapa. Sharing the information that the protocol would be enforced from today itself, Minister Thapa directed the Department of Health Services to make treatment protocol of other 11 types of severe diseases. He said, “Cancer protocol was necessary to bring uniformity in treatment of cancer in all hospitals. So this protocol would be enforced at all hospitals-classified to...

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Dhaulagiri Hospital starts operation of its own pharmacy

29 April, Baglung: The Dhaulagiri Zonal Hospital Baglung has started operation of its own dispensary. Hospital Development Committee Chairman, Manjeshbam Malla, inaugurated the newly introduced pharmacy. The Health Ministry had recently taken a decision that the hospitals must operate pharmacies on their own. The pharmacy will supply 562 different types of medicines for now, Hospital’s Chief Physician, Sagar Kumar Rajbhandari shared. “The pharmacy will operate 24 hours a day,” Rajbhandari added. The patients will now receive 10 to 50 per cent discount on medicines purchased. The Hospital has stated that it plans to add more medicine to the pharmacy’s...

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Health workers apply for permission to work in private institute

25 April, Kathmandu: Following the government’s decision making Health Ministry’s permission mandatory before taking up a job at the private health institutes, 889 government doctors and health workers from across the country have applied for permits at the ministry. Doctors from fifth to eleventh level have filed application for permission at the Health Ministry, according to officials. Ministry’s Medical Division Director, Dr Bhola Ram Shrestha, said the number will increase after arrangements are put in place for aspirants to file applications at departments and regional bodies. The Health Ministry issued the notice to draw applications in order to not...

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