Category: Health

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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Hospital not in a state to use ICU equipment worth millions

23 April, Dang: Millions worth of equipment purchased for operating an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Rapti Sub Regional Hospital, Ghorahi have been thrown into a storehouse. The government is preparing an overhaul to transform the hospital into an academy of health and sciences, for which a budget has been allocated for building the necessary infrastructure. It has been one and a half years since the medical equipment were purchased for operating an ICU. The hospital had also purchased two ventilators through the Health Service Department’s Supply Division more than a month ago but still the patients are...

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37 metric tonnes of garbage managed from major rivers in valley

22 April, Kathmandu: As high a 37 metric tonnes of garbage was collected and managed from major rivers and ring road area in the Kathmandu valley today. It is said that 11 metric tonnes of garbage was managed while cleaning the Bagmati river near Thapathali bridge today as part of the 206th week of Bagmati clean-up campaign. Member of the High-Powered Bagmati Civilization Integrated Development Committee Narayan Shrestha said that more than 650 people joined the clean-up campaign in the drizzle in the morning today. Administering oath to the participants of the clean-up campaign, secretary at the Prime Minister’s...

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Health camps being (mis)used as base for organ trafficking

Kalpana Poudel 20 April, Kathmandu: In a shocking revelation, health camps are found being used or rather misused as a means of creating a base for human organ smuggling. With the changing time, new methods are found to be used by the human smugglers and rackets to create a ground for trafficking in persons and smuggling of human organ. Police, at a programme here today, said new forms of human trafficking and illegal human organ trade, primarily taking place in the guise of sending people on foreign employment, are reported in the country. In an interaction programme on ‘Kidney...

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