First swine flu death in Nepal Sunday, March 1st, 2015

DAMAKANT JAYSHI, KATHMANDU: A Kathmandu resident who had been admitted to hospital with symptoms of swine flu died in a capital’s hospital on Saturday, officials from the Ministry of Health confirmed. They also said this is the first instant of a patient dying of swine flu this season. Last..

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Swine flu toll rises in Nepal Friday, February 27th, 2015

DAMAKANT JAYSHI, KATHMANDU: With four more cases of swine flu confirmed on Thursday, the number of people with the infection in Nepal rose to 17, reports said. Blood samples sent from a hospital in Chitwan district for testing at the Epidemiology Division in Kathmandu tested positive for four..

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Four detected with swine flu in Chitwan Thursday, February 26th, 2015

RATNANAGAR (Chitwan): Four people infected with swine flu have been detected in Chitwan district, adjacent to Indian border, at a time it has been wide spreading in India. The Chitwan District Public Health Office has confirmed swine flu ´influenza A H1 N1´ among four people in course of lab..

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Female foeticides and selective abortions drop in Nepal Thursday, February 5th, 2015

By Christopher Sharma, (AsiaNews): The decision by the Indian Supreme Court to ban prenatal sex selection advertising has already had important consequences in India, as well as in neighbouring Nepal. A significant drop in female foeticides has been recorded in the two Asian countries, a practice..

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Tension grips DoHS after clash Sunday, January 18th, 2015

KATHMANDU: Tension ran high at the Department of Health Services in t Teku today after trainees under the Ministry of Health and Population allegedly clashed with agitating health trade unions who have been staging a relay hunger strike on the DoHS premises for the past few days. The agitating..

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Red Cross nurse dies of Ebola Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The international Red Cross says a local employee has died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, becoming the first Red Cross worker or volunteer to succumb to the disease there. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the male nurse who worked at an Ebola treatment center in..

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Oral health education in Nepal Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

By Jo Printz :: Looking after your teeth and gums is something drummed into most of us as children, but that doesn't necessarily mean we do it correctly. On a visit to Nepal almost a decade ago, Latrobe University oral health lecturer Ron Knevel decided he could do something about the terrible..

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A Mother’s Perspective on Improving Health Care in Nepal Saturday, December 13th, 2014

By Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. :: When I began living in the plains of Nepal in 1987, villagers visited almost daily to ask for advice on health problems. I was studying to be a doctor but not in medicine. I was working toward my PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. I was also an..

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Nepal: Doctors enhance their ability to deal with emergencies Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

KATHMANDU (ICRC): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University are jointly organizing three emergency-room trauma courses this year, the first of which will take place in Dhulikhel, Kavre, from 4 to 6 December. A total of 22 doctors will attend..

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Nepal’s housewives help to reduce newborn deaths Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

KATHMANDU (AFP): On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube of gel. Upadhyay is among thousands of volunteers at the front line of a campaign that has dramatically..

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Mali on high alert with new Ebola cluster Monday, November 17th, 2014

BAMAKO, Mali (AP): It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus? Soon hospital officials were taking a second look at the case of a..

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Health Woes in Nepal Village Known for Organ Sales Friday, November 14th, 2014

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, HOKSHE, Nepal(AP): Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of..

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UN ‘lacks resources’ to fight deadly Ebola Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Monrovia (BBC):The head of the UN mission charged with fighting Ebola in West Africa has told the BBC he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat it. Tony Banbury said more help was urgently needed, despite significant contributions from the UK, China, Cuba and the US. But he was..

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