Category: Health

Rs 15 million allocated for free kidney transplant service

12 April, Kathmandu: The government has allocated Rs 15 million for free kidney transplant service. Minister for Health, Gagan Kumar Thapa, on the World Kidney Day on March 9 had announced to provide free kidney transplant service from April 14. Talking to the RSS, Minister Thapa said, “The budget is allocated for the current fiscal year. Additional budget will be allocated if it is not sufficient for the same till the end of the current fiscal year.” The government has already started providing free dialysis service to kidney patients. Minister Thapa said that the government would allocate budget in...

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Zara founder donates 320 mln euros to fight cancer in Spain

30 March, Madrid: The Amancio Ortega Foundation announced Wednesday that it would donate 320 million euros (350 million U.S. dollars) to buy the latest equipment to fight cancer and install them in hospitals in all of Spain’s autonomous communities. The donation marks a change for the foundation, which was set up by the man who founded Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing firms. Previously, the foundation only carried out its activities in the southern region of Andalusia and Ortega’s home region of Galicia. The 350 million euros is for the purchase of necessary health service equipment, including radiotherapy...

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Authorities on high alert after detection of bird flu in Kaski and Sunsari

26 March, Chitwan: Authorities in Chitwan are on high alert after detecting avian influenza –H5N1 – in chickens in Kaski and Sunsari districts. Chitwan, which produces almost half of the total production of chickens in the country, has not detected the bird flu in its production. According to District Livestock Service Office, Chitwan Chief, Prof Dilliram Sedai, prophylactic antiviral medicines have been spread on the vehicles that enter and head out of the district with supplies of chickens. The vehicles supplying chickens to Kathmandu and Pokhara have been cleaned thoroughly with antiviral medicines at Bharatpur’s Jugedi and eastern areas...

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More than 1400 register for health insurance coverage

26 March, Baitadi: More than 1400 individuals in Baitadi have been covered with health insurance in the last three months in the wake of government’s initiative to facilitate civilians’ access to basic health service. Social Health Security Development Committee Baitadi’s Manager, Janak Saud, shared that as many as 1461 registered their names under the health insurance campaign which kicked off in the third week of December last year. “We have mobilized registration helpers throughout the district for health insurance coverage,” Saud said adding, “Among those who have registered for health insurance, 57 persons have already received the service.”...

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TB patents turn up health facilities at critical stage only

23 March, Liwang (Rolpa): Most of the Tuberculosis patients of Rolpa district have been found to turn up to health facilities in life-threatening stage only. According to Dr Tejendra Yadav of District Health Office Rolpa, normally the patients do not come to the health facilities, including hospital because of geographical remoteness, poverty, inadequate awareness and illiteracy. However, the urban area educated patients approach the health facilities to have their health check-up. TB Leprosy Officer at Rolpa District Health Office Nokhraj Pokharel shared that as many as 865 TB patients received treatment service from the health facilities of the district...

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60% of total death due to non communicable diseases

11 March, Kathmandu: More Nepalis are dying of non-communicable diseases compared to the communicable ones against the trend of some years back. As the number of deaths due to non-communicable diseases soared, the government is planning to carry out tests of the non-communicable diseases from the village level. According to the Ministry of Health, ratio of death of non-communicable and communicable diseases is 60 and 40 respectively. The government had established the communicable diseases centre, later converted into Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division, 82 years ago for the first time after many people lost their lives due to communicable...

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Pregnant women at higher risk of Hepatitis A and E

10 March, Kathmandu: As the summer is all set to set in, doctors have advised pregnant women to observe precautions for they are most vulnerable to Hepatitis A and E. Since the viruses causing these communicable diseases are highly active during the summer, it is advised that we all adopt preventive measures. Hepatitis A and E are contracted through contaminated water, undercooked meal and saliva. Hepatitis E accounts for 30 per cent of the deaths among the pregnant women, according to Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, virologist at the Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases (STID) Centre at Teku in the...

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Bird flu confirmed in Taltalaiya zoo

9 March, Itahari: Bird flu has been confirmed in the birds protected at the zoo inside the children’s park of Taltalaiya, a tourist spot in the region. A sample of dead birds from the zoo was found to carry the avian influenza virus in a test carried out by the regional laboratory in Biratnagar and the central laboratory in Kathmandu. As a result, the zoo has been shut down for at least a month to avoid transmission to humans, the zoo authorities said. Bird flu was suspected after the protected birds in the zoo started to die one after...

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New Chinese specialist doctors’ team arrive at cancer hospital

26 Feb, Chitwan: A new Chinese team of specialist doctors have arrived at the BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in Bharatpur. The team will return on March 1. The Chinese government has been regular sending teams of specialist doctors at the hospital which it built as Asia’s model hospital. Hospital’s Executive Director, Dr Chin Bahadur Pun, said the Chinese government has been sending specialist doctors since the launch of Inpatient Department at the hospital. The Chinese government had handed over the hospital to Nepal in 1998 and the inpatient service was launched the next year. The hospital had started...

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Bird flu detected in Pokhara

26 Feb, Pokhara: Bird flu has been detected at Khalte in Pokhara, said the Kaski District Livestock Services Office (DLSO). The avian-flu virus has been detected in the sample taken from ducks raised by local resident Mina Pariyar, confirmed the Central Veterinary Laboratory. Following the incident, the area covering Khahare Khola to the east, Bhagawati Marga to the west, Khaltemasina Pitched Road to the north and the area within the perimeter of up to 500 meters of the incident area to the south has been declared emergency zone by the meeting of the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee held...

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