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Category: Health

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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Infectious diseases kill 18,000 Chinese in 2016

24 Feb, Beijing: Infectious diseases killed 18,237 people on the Chinese mainland in 2016, according to official data revealed Thursday. In 2016, there were more than 6.9 million cases of infectious diseases reported on the mainland, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Of that total, one case of pestilence and 27 of cholera, both Class A infectious diseases, were reported but did not lead to fatalities. More than 2.9 million cases were classified as Class B infectious diseases, which resulted in 17,968 deaths. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, rabies, hepatitis, and human infection of H7N9 avian influenza accounted for...

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Water shortage hits district hospital

11 Feb, Salyan: The shortage of drinking water in the district for the past 24 hours has severely affected the routine hospital activities. The paucity of drinking water has hampered works with the hospitals unable to maintain even mere sanitation. The hospitals are also facing problems in carrying out daily surgical operations. The water is supplied for two hours twice a week and this cannot even fulfill the minimal 10 per cent demand of the hospital, District Health Chief, Dr Manisha Rawal said. “We are holding daily surgical operations in the hospital. We need a lot of water for...

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Government to spend Rs 960 million to purchase medical equipment

9 Feb, Kathmandu: The Ministry of Health has said all the primary health centers across the country would be provided necessary medical equipment by the next four months. According to Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa, the government has, as part of its commitments for the strengthening of health institutions, managed the budget of Rs 960 million to purchase medical instruments necessary for health centres across the country. Directives have already been issued to authorities concerned to take stock of physical infrastructure of 201 primary health centers across the country, availability of health professionals and instruments there and submitted reports...

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Supply of cost-free medicines to district health institutes not regular

4 Feb, Salyan: The district health institutes are facing difficulties in distributing cost-free medicines in the backdrop of the failure on part of the government to supply such medicines. District Health Office, Salyan said that it has the authority to purchase only 20 per cent of the total demand while relying on the centre and regional administration for the rest of the medicines distributed for free. “Of the 70 types of medicines the government has provisioned for distribution for free, 50 per cent is supplied from the centre while the rest is purchased in the district, and it is...

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Medicine shortage hits health centres in Solukhumbu

2 Feb, Solukhumbu: Most of the health centres are facing a shortage of essential medicines since long in the district. A local Shyam Bishwakarma of Nele of the district has complained that he was compelled to return empty handed after reaching a local health post due to lack of medicine. Despite government’s strong instructions to the concerned bodies not allow the shortage of medicines to disrupt services, the health centres are yet to receive the cost-free medicines provided by the government. According to locals, the health centres does not have even cetamol, amoxicillin and metro tablets and contraceptive devices...

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20% health facilities in Nepal has no drinking water and toilet facilities

31 Jan, Kathmandu: Of the total health facilities across the country, around 20 per cent of the health facilities in Nepal lack drinking water facility and toilet for service-seekers, a survey shows. Report of the Nepal Health Facility Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2015 was unveiled amid a programme here on Monday by Director of the Division of Population Health, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Dipendra Raman Singh. The survey carried out in a total of 962 health institutes also covered the areas related to protocol of examining of patience, counseling on family planning, pregnancy services and...

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