Nepal’s hospitals suffer under economic blockade Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

By David Caprara, KATHMANDU: At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, patients sit in the lobby waiting to be treated. Many made difficult journeys to get there, some only to be told that the hospital had run out of medication. Seeking care is a challenge these days. Transportation is..

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Why some people can’t recognise faces Monday, December 7th, 2015

LONDON: The causes of congenital face blindness can be traced back to an early stage in the perceptual process, new findings reveal. People with congenital prosopagnosia, or face blindness, are unable to use facial features to identify the person in front of them. Until now, the cause of facial..

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Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000: UNICEF Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

New York, (AFP): The number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most of them having acquired the disease when they were infants, according to figures released Friday by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). AIDS is the number one cause of..

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Rights Groups Say Nepal Children at Risk of Disease, Death

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU, (AP): A shortage of medicine, fuel and other supplies has put millions of Nepalese children in danger of illness, malnourishment and even death, child rights groups warned. Yet the supply crisis — hitting some of the Himalayan country's most vulnerable — shows..

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Nepal faces medicine crisis amid ongoing protests Thursday, November 26th, 2015

BIRGUNJ: Nepal has been facing medical crisis amid ongoing protest by the Madhesi community at the main crossing of India-Nepal border. Trucks importing medicines from India have been blocked at the border crossing of Birgunj by the Madhesi community. The nascent republic, wedged between China and..

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Ban alarmed by reports of destruction of medicines to Nepal Saturday, November 21st, 2015

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “alarmed” over obstruction and destruction of medical supplies to Nepal due to ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India as he called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay. “He is alarmed by..

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Medicines from India destroyed in Madhesi violence in Nepal Friday, November 20th, 2015

KATHMANDU, (FP): Indian-origin Madhesi protesters in Nepal on Friday torched an ambulance and a truck carrying medicines worth over Rs two million imported from India near the border as sporadic violence returned to the Himalayan nation amid a political logjam over the new Constititution. The..

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Thapa asks govt to check irregularities in medical sector  Friday, September 4th, 2015

KATHMANDU: Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, Kamal Thapa, has accused the government of becoming a mute spectator over the alleged financial irregularities taking place in medical education sector. Taking part in a face-to-face programme organised by the Reporters' Club Nepal here..

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Parliamentary committee concerned on health status of Dr KC Monday, August 31st, 2015

KATHMANDU: A team headed by Chairman of Legislature-Parliament Committee on Social Justice and Human Rights Sushil Kumar Shrestha on Monday took stock of the health status of senior orthopedic surgeon Prof Dr Govinda KC, who is on a hunger strike, and expressed concern on his demands and the..

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Nepal’s top court orders suspension of surrogacy services Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

KATHMANDU, (AFP): Nepal's top court has ordered a halt to commercial surrogacy services in the Himalayan nation until it rules on the legality of the practice, an official said Wednesday. Nepal has become a destination for foreigners seeking to have children through surrogate mothers. The practice..

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Dr Govinda KC begins fast-unto-death for sixth time Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

KATHMANDU: Senior orthopaedic surgeon of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Dr Govinda KC, has launched a hunger strike for the sixth time on Monday. Dr KC has started the fast-unto-death from 4:00 pm this afternoon putting forth an eight-point charter of demands for the overhaul..

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Govt committee to implement Mathema Report: Health Minister Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has stated that some aspects of the report submitted by Kedar Bhakta Mathema -led committee for the new policy in the health education were already executed while some others are in the process of implementation. Receiving the report informally,..

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Doctors say teen’s HIV in check for 12 years without drugs Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(AP): An 18-year-old French teen born with the AIDS virus has had her infection under control and nearly undetectable despite stopping treatment 12 years ago - an unprecedented remission, doctors are reporting. The teen might have some form of natural resistance to HIV that hasn't yet been..

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Bir Hospital, CNN differ on reported surgery after quake  Saturday, July 11th, 2015

KATHMANDU, (AP): A Nepal hospital said Friday that CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta incorrectly reported that he operated on an 8-year-old girl after the country's devastating earthquake in April. A CNN spokeswoman said Gupta did perform surgery, and the news channel was trying to verify..

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Two doctors killed in Palpa landslide Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

PALPA:  Two medical doctors were killed Wednesday in a dry landslide at Siddababa of Palpa along the Sidhhartha Highway. A van (Lu 1 Cha 170) carrying the doctors associated with Lumbini Medical College was caught in the landslide while it was heading to Butwal from Palpa, according to the..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..