Category: Health

Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science

22 July, Paris: Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. In their 36-year battle, researchers have always come up short against the virus’ guerrilla tactics — hiding out in human cells and playing dead only to reemerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped. Today’s research is about finding ways to keep the virus dormant with as few drugs and side-effects as possible.And, of course, better ways to prevent infection in the first place. “Eradicating the virus from...

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Hundred years old Bhaktapur Hospital old and infirm

Ramesh Giri 18 July, Bhaktapur: It is the country’s second oldest hospital and, as its age, is frail and lacks the required facilities. This is the story of the Bhaktapur Hospital, the second oldest hospital after the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu. Bhaktapur Hospital is 113 years old. Equipments worth millions of rupees which have been brought for operating the ICU at Bhaktapur Hospital are lying dumped for a year now. Doctors at the hospital have been making remarks that operations, from general to complicated, at the hospital are done at god’s mercy, for lack of an ICU. The hospital...

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Malaria claims over 1,900 lives in South Sudan in 6 months

17 July, Juba: Malaria has caused 1,956 deaths in South Sudan, making it one of the main causes of illness in the world’s newest nation, the UN humanitarian agency said. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest report released on Saturday evening said more than 928,141 malaria cases have been reported since January and warns that the mosquito-borne disease is expected to increase as rainy season sets in. “Deaths caused by malaria representing 76.9 percent of all disease-related deaths recorded so far in 2017. The counties most-affected to date are Aweil North, Gogrial...

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TUTH facing problems for lack of human resources

16 July, Kathmandu: Problems have surfaced as Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is facing human resources to operate. The hospital also suffers for want of a sufficient number of permanent quotas. The hospital, which has now around 700 beds, been providing treatment service from the same permanent employees appointed earlier for 300-bed. The hospital was established in 2040 BS with the monetary support of Japanese government. Meanwhile, at a programme organised on the occasion of 46th anniversary of Institute of Medicine (IOM) and 35th anniversary of the Teaching Hospital here today, Finance Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said that the hospital...

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Bharatpur Hospital purchases Rs 300 million worth of medical equipment

12 July, Chitwan: Bharatpur Hospital has bought various 32 types of new medical and other appliances worth around Rs 300 million. Most of the purchased equipment have arrived while efforts are underway to bring the rest, said medical superintendent of the Hospital Dr Rudra Marasini. As a result, patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital. The process to buy the equipment took forward after the Ministry of Health ensured budget to the hospital for the same through the Finance...

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Health Ministry forms high level committee to probe on Manmohan incident

11 July, Kathmandu: The Health Ministry has formed a high level committee to probe into the incident occurred at the Manmohan Medical College. The probe team has the coordinator Dr Pushpa Chaudhary, chief specialist at Ministry, while the members are Joint Secretary Sanat KC, Executive Director at Human Organs Transplantation Centre, Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, Undersecretary Bhawanath Khatiwada, urologist at Bir Hospital, Dr Anil Shrestha, Under-secretary of legal section at Ministry, Shambhu Regmi, and section officer Rewati Raman Sharma. The family and relatives of Shiva Prasad Rimal from Bidur municipality-12 of Nuwakot district have been protesting against the Manmohan...

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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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