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Medicines meant for Mugu locals never reach to target groups.

Medicines supplied by the District Public Health Office (DPHO), MUGU to health facilities based in the rural areas never reach to the target groups, forcing them to visit the private pharmacies instead.The DPHO Mugu annually purchases the medicines worth up to Rs 2.5 million and provides them to the district-based health facilities.But it is a dream for the people residing in rural parts of Mugu to easily get medicines from the government health facilities in need.

Source: Setopati.com
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National Kidney Centre raking money in the name of free dialysis.

National Kidney Centre situated at Banasthali, Kathmandu has been raking money from patients. Salikram Rana a 50 year old kidney patient came to the Centre to get the treatment all the way from Palpa. He has been getting treatment from National Kidney Centre since December. He only knew about his organ failure after getting treated by the Centre. Though the government has provided with free dialysis service he has been paying money for it. He has already done 8 dialysis and paid Rs. 3000 for each treatment. Though he has followed up every procedure to get the treatment free the Centre has not provided him with the service.
Source:- Swasthiya Khabarpatrika.
To read more:- http://swasthyakhabar.com/news-details/2340/2017-01-10

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Free cervical cancer diagnosis.

Kathmandu:- A lot of women suffer from cervical cancer. So, to diagnose this disease early on and to prevent this disease from taking it's toll every public hospital in the country has issued a free diagnosis service.
Nepal's health ministry has directed every public hospitals to conduct free cervical cancer test(Pyap Smear Test) on Friday. Most female cancer patients in Nepal suffer from cervical cancer.
Source: news 24
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Medicine Shortage in Jajarkot.

You may not believe this but there is no Cetamol in Jajarkot hospital. Forget about health post even the hospital in Jajarkot cannot treat a simple fever. The patient with simple injury is referred to the big hospitals in the city area mostly in Nepalgunj and Surkhet. Every year Jajarkot suffers from epidemics still the hospital is not functioning well and the people of Jajarkot are not getting the treatment. The district hospital and other 3 dozen health posts in Jajarkot are all empty in the human resource, the instruments required for the hospital. Everytime a patient goes for treatment the 50 bedded hospital directly refers them to the city hospitals. The people of Jajarkot district have to get expensive treatments and have to travel far to get to the city to just get treatment of simple health problem.

Though the government has issued about 150 staffs for the hospital and health posts in Jajarkot, till now no one has reached that place.
Source:- Ekantipur.com
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Private hospital beds free for needy

The government of Nepal and Private hospitals have reached to the agreement where every nursing homes, clinics, community hospitals, non- governmental hospitals and private medical colleges will have to provide 10 percent of it's hospital beds to the needy and helpless people. Minister of Health Gagan Thapa announced this new agreement in a press conference. This new agreement will start to take place from December 16. Minister Thapa said that the government would take necessary action to implement the provisions of the law.

To read more: http://www.myrepublica.com/news/11020
Source: Republica newspaper.

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The Gods Will Be Angry!!!

For generations, women in the western parts of Nepal live in cowsheds after giving birth and during their mensturation.
The attached article tells story of of six women from Bajura, Humla and Mugu districts. Mere representation of the entire district. These insights into the actual lives of the general populace show the true state of progress or lack thereof, and the miles we have yet to cover.
Fixated on following their tradition and pleasing their deity , the women themselves have accepted staying n cowsheds as past of their lives.
These stories, although disheartening, do not discourage us but add strength to our determination to achieve our goal of educating all Nepalis about our inherent health rights.

To Read more :http://himalkhabar.com/news/1283
Source:- HimalKhabar Patrika

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First Specialist Medical Service Starts in Bajura.

Bajura: Bajura district has now got it's first specialist medical service. MD General Practioner Dr. Durgaraj Maharjan has reached Bajura to officially start the service. The district hospital has four other resident doctors Dr. Mohan Nath, Dr. Tika Rai, Dr. Budhhi Khadain and Dr. Rohit Giri. Department of Health Service of Nepal has initiated a rule of starting specialist health service at every district.

Source:- Swasthiya Khabar Patrika.

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Locals do not want to use government provided free medicines.

Morang:- The locals from Morang's Lakhantari village ddevelopment community know about the free health facilities and free medicines provided by the government. Everyday people from this community suffer from some health problems but instead of going to the nearest health post to get free medical checkups they go to clinics located at Milanchowk and Jhorahat.
The locals from this VDC do not believe in the treatment provided by the government assigned doctor and they think that the medicines provided by the local health post is outdated or doesn't work to treat the diseases they have suffered from. Not only this VDC most community in the rural area who have access to clinic go there to get the treatment instead of the health post. In case they get meddications from health post they do not utilize it.

Source: Swasthiya Khabar Patrika
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Baby with abnormal head awaits treatment

The baby born as the first child to Mikurman and Thupri Rai of Chyasmitar-4, Phirku, Khotang in November last year has head three times larger than the normal head of a one-year-old.

“Everything was normal until he was four months old and slowly his head started swelling and limbs started going thinner and thinner,” said father Mikurman, who rued lack of fund for the child’s treatment.

“We don’t have a strip of land of our own and are living in a small shack near the forest. How on earth can we afford his treatment?” asked the father, appealing for help for the treatment of his child.

“I can’t see his condition as he can barely close his eyes,” lamented the mother.

According to Gaunsara Rai, a kin, the couple hasn’t visited any hospital for treatment the child’s treatment due to the lack of fund. “It would have been a great help if anyone helped us for our child’s treatment,” she said.

A version of this article appears in print on November 06, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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Government providing 144.5 million to run Nepal Aushadhi limited

Kathmandu, Nepal Aushadhi Ltd., which had been closed for the past 7 years is now being brought into operation. The government is providing Rs.144.5 million to bring the company back to life. A cabinet meeting held on sunday (sept 18, 2016) decided to make the funds available to the company. The company, in its initial phase, has decided to produce 48 different kinds of medicines which are among those the government has been providing for free.These medicines, till now, have been produced abroad.

Source : Swasthya khabar Patrika
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Poor under grip of loan sharks to pay off medical costs

Goverment health facilities sending patients to private hospitals. Fulkumari Sadaya of Chandra Ayodhyapur-6 gave birth to a baby recently. Her family spent Rs 50,000 on the delivery, which they managed by taking loans. Even during the birth of an earlier child, the family had to borrow money to meet the cost of delivery. They incurred such high medical fees because both the operations were carried out at private hospitals rather than at a government-run facility, where deliveries are carried out free of cost.
According to Sehad Khatun, the problem is not limited to 'poor squatters.' Even others are deprived of basic health services.Khatun said clearing off debt incurred during the delivery of her grandchild four months ago is proving to be an insurmountable burden. “Even the district hospital provides nothing for free,” she said. “You need to have at least around 20,000 rupees before they prepare your patient for delivery,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Daya Shankarlal Karna, medical superintendent of Siraha District Hospital, said that the hospital has been doing its best to provide quality service to patients.

Source : My Republica
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Diarrhoea outbreak grips Saptari village

A diarrhoea epidemic has gripped the Jamuni Madhepura VDC-2 in Saptari for the past few days. So far, around 60 people of 25 families in the village have been taken seriously ill..According to the District Public Health Office , Saptari Children and senior citizens have been mostly affected by the disease,The Office said that it has already deputed a medical team to the affected village.

Source: The Himalayan Times
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Kidney failure patient appeals for help

Binita Oli, who originally hails from a Ota VDC -8 remote village in Rolpa is seen receiving dialysis service in Human Organ Transplant Centre, Bhaktapur. She has been receiving dialysis service at Bhaktapur-based Human Organ Transplant Centre for over a year now, which costs at least Rs 50,000 per month.The Oli family who are already bearing a huge debt have been suggested by doctors for a kidney transplant, which would cost at least Rs 300,000 to Rs 500,000. With no regular source of income, their financial strength is critical.

Source : The Himalayan Times
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"Scrub Typhus" epidemic spreads to 32 districts

The cases of Scrub Typhus, a disease that had been diagnosed in Nepal last year, has been growing daily since then. The number of patients suffering from this disease has been growing and to date, there has been 222 cases of the disease among which 6 people have already died due to the infection. Kathmandu, Dhading, Rupandehi, Sankhuwasabha, Nuwakot are among the districts which are affected by this epidemic.

Source : Swasthiya Khabar Patrika
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Forced to give birth in candlelights

Kanchanpur
The birthing center of Jhalari health post in Kanchanpur has been helping mothers give birth to their child just with the light of a candle.Due to the lack of proper facilities of electricity and the lack of connection of proper electrical appliances mothers are compelled to take the risk of giving birth in almost no light center. Along with the lack of proper lighting,the whole infrastructure of the post is very poor and unhealthy to be running for giving birth.

Source: Swasthya khabarpatrika
Read full News: http://swasthyakhabar.com/news-details/120/2016-08-23#sthash.ShzpnhdS.dpbs

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Outbreak of a new disease - "Scrubs Typhus"

Outbreak of a new disease, "Scrub typhus" has been increasing in Nepal . Headaches , 104 degrees fever, small pimple like wounds appearing around the neck are some of the symptoms of this disease. This disease had been detected last year in Nepal and now it has infected different district, says the Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control Department chief, Dr. Guna Niddhi Sharma. He also says that, if the infection is detected early, it is easier to treat and has advised all the health care departments of the five development regions about the operational guidelines to treat and control this disease.

Source: EKantipur
Read more: http://kantipur.ekantipur.com/news/2016-08-10/20160810145800.html

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Increased case of Snakebites in Rasuwa

Rasuwa hospital of the Himali region reports an increased number of snakebite cases recently. According to the District Health Officer, Dr. Bibek Kumar Lal, there has been dozens of cases of snakebites in the last two months alone and since there are no antivenom vaccines in the district hospitals, 2 of those cases has been referred to Kathmandu.

Source: Setopati
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Government hospitals are granted 4.5 million to open pharmacy

Government to give seed money of 4.5 million to all the government hospital. Private pharmacies tends to cheat patients and also do not provide quality medicine. As a result government has separated amount for the beginning phase to open its own pharmacy says Lilaraj Poudel, Secretary of Ministry of Health. Government says it will grant the seed money and will later operate with their own income. He says the only purpose to open its own pharmacy is for the quality of medicine and to reduce the cheating by the private pharmacies.

Source: Nepali Health
Read Full News: http://www.nepalihealth.com/2016/08/09/9008/

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Increased viral fever patients

Chitwan
The rainy season has increased the number of viral fever patients. The government hospital, two medical colleges and private hospital are full with patients. The number of patients has increased by 35-40% informs Dr. Bhojraj Adhikari.
With the increase in patients, there has been shortage of beds and the treatments are being done on the floor as well informs Dr. Marasini.

Source: Swasthya Khabar
Read Full News: http://swasthyakhabar.com/2016/07/55745.html

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Two gives birth waiting for the airplane

Dolpa
On 6th Shrawan, two gave birth while waiting for the airplane at Jufal Airport, the only transportation outreach at Dolpa. They could not go for the safe maternity out of the district as well due to unstable weather. There has been no flight in the past 5 days informs Lanka Bhandari, the staff of Tara Air Dolpa.
If the health condition was critical they would have died waiting for the plane says husband of one of the patient.
The lack of transportation has forced many locals to lose their lives waiting for the airplane every year siad Lokesh Khatri one of the locals.

Source: Hamro Doctor
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Viral Fever Patient Increases

Baitadi
Increasing patients of Viral Fever is being seen in Patan Municipality of Baitadi. 50% of the patient visiting the health center are seen suffering from viral fever informs Dr. Sashi Kandel.
With the change in weather there is an increase in no. of patients of viral fever informs Dr. Kandel.

Sources: Swasthya Khabarpatrika
Read Full News: http://swasthyakhabar.com/2016/07/55022.html

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More patients prefer Mechi Zonal Hospital over private health facilities

Jhapa
Tara Nath Khatiwada of Shani Arjun-1, Jhapa went to a private hospital in Jhapa seeking treatment for stomach pain. After he went through all sorts of medical checkups, the doctor said that he had a hernia.The doctor advised him to undergo a hernia repair surgery that would cost around Rs 40,000.

The cost was too high for him given his poor financial condition.So, he decided to go Mechi Zonal Hospital. However, the health workers and doctors at the private hospital told him that government hospitals don't provide as good a service as private hospitals.
Despite all the warnings, Khatiwada went to the Mechi Zonal Hospital for the operation. The surgery was successful and he ended up paying only Rs 8,000 for it.

Many people think government hospitals provide poor services. However, they do not know that government hospitals also have skillful doctors and are equipped with modern equipment.According to service seekers, government hospitals provide medical services at affordable cost, whereas similar services at private hospitals require high fees.

Source: My Republica
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Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital ailing

Rajbiraj
Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital in Rajbiraj, Saptari, is in a sorry state with concerned authorities turning a blind eye to the problems faced by the hospital. Only one doctor is available at the hospital although it has a quota for 18 specialist doctors.
Department of Health has neither been able to fulfill all the vacant positions nor provide necessary health equipment.

Medicine scarcity
According to the store section of the hospital, it has been running without essential medicines for the last seven months. As a result, locals are deprived of essential medicines distributed by the government free of cost.
Zonal hospital distributes 70 types of medicines for free to citizens, Yadav said, adding that the hospital has not even a single medicine available in the store. Extremely poor people who cannot afford medicines suffer the most due to the unavailability of medicines, he said.

Source: My Republica
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Mother-Son helplessly waiting for the Doctor

Biratnagar, Koshi Zone
A mother was sitting at the gate of Emergency at Koshi Zone Hospital at Biratnagar with her son crying in pain.
Sangita Yadav from Sunsari took her 7 years old son for stomachache treatment on 15th July, 9 p.m. Her son was given medicines the same night but when wanted further help was not able to get any. His son cried in pain and his mother could only reassure him saying the doctor will arrive soon. She could only helplessly wait for the doctor when his son was not getting any better. She could not get any help untill 11 a.m the next day.

Source: Nagarik News
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High Threat of Dengue in Butwal

Butwal
There is a high threat of dengue fever transmitting mosquitoes in Butwal. The District Health Office reports increasing no. of dengue patients in these past three years. Out of six patients from Rupandehi in the fiscal year 2071/072 three of them are from Butwal itself.
Dengue is a easily communicated disease thus all of us prone to getting dengue. Butwal has the highest threat of dengue and destruction of possible habitat of mosquitoes are initiated as informed by Khim Bahadur Poudel, Senior Auxiliary Health Worker, Butwal Sub-Metropolitan.

Source: Hamro Doctor
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7 year old boy's broken hand treatment still pending due to lack of funds

Nar Bahadur Nepali, 7 year old boy of Tripurakot VDC, Dolpa broke his left hand by tripping on the road, while returning from his school. It has been 1 week since the incident and still he has not been able to afford treatment for his hand. His father says, "It is difficult for us to manage 2 meals a day, how do I afford to get him treated"? When Nar was taken to the district hospital, the doctor informed his father that due no treatment for a long time, his hand's condition is deteriorating and if he does not get proper treatment immediately, his hand will be completely useless.

Source: Nepali Health
Read full news: http://www.nepalihealth.com/2016/07/05/7583/

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Complete institutionalized postnatal care campaign in full force in Baitadi.

Baitadi district has been going through proper preparations for a successful Complete Institutionalized Postnatal Care Campaign by the coming year.
District Health Office Head, Dr. Guna Raj Awasthi mentioned that each Wards will be institutionalized one by one and eventually the whole district will be successfully delivering proper postnatal care to patients. He also informed that in the current Fiscal year, 300 wards has already been declared fully institutional postnatal care wards.
As informed by the Public Health Nurse, Mamta Joshi, by developing 9 various lists of criteria and their work flow directory, the wards and eventually villages development committees were successfully running the postnatal care campaign. Some of the criteria of the 9 criteria lists following the government's protocol for pregnant women were: each expecting mother should have had proper health checkups during pregnancy, their delivery should only be performed by registered and able health personnels, they should have taken proper iron pills, medicines against parasitic worms, TT vaccines etc. These conditions are to be met in order to be declared a fully functional institutional postnatal care ward.
This campaign is undergoing successfully in various regions of this districts.

Source: Swasthya Khabar (स्वास्थ्य खबर)
Read the Full News: http://swasthyakhabar.com/2016/07/52935.html

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Dialysis machine to Arogya Foundation

Kathmandu
Rotary Club of Capital has handed over three modern dialysis machines to Arogya Foundation here today so as to expand the dialysis services.
Now, the Foundation has 7 Hem dialysis machines through which daily 70 patients are receiving services.
The machines received to the Foundation as an aid would help render further relief to the kidney patients, said Foundation’s General Secretary Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha.

Source: Swasthya Khabar Patrika (स्वास्थ्य खबरपत्रिका)
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Pregnant women, new mother and children bear the brunt of food crisis

Humla
Kalawati Bista, 26, of Humla’s remote Maila VDC is nine-month pregnant. Though her delivery date is approaching fast, she does not get to eat enough or nutritious food. Bista is well aware that a balanced diet and nutritious food are vital to pregnant women, but acute food crunch in the district does not allow her to follow a diet. “Due to the prolonged drought this year, we failed to harvest enough grains. My family is surviving with one meal a day,” she said. The residents of a number of VDCs in the mid and far-western development region have been facing a hard time due to the long drought, while children, pregnant women and new mothers are the hardest hit by the food crunch. Though health workers have informed Bista that she is suffering from malnutrition, she has no option but to pray to god for the good health of her baby.

Source: The Himalayan Times
See more: http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/pregnant-women-new-mothers-children-bear-brunt-food-crisis/

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National Campaign to end drug shortage

BAJURA: The Medication for Nepal Campaign, in coordination with various people, organisations and companies, has distributed medicines worth more than Rs 4 million for free in the districts facing medicine shortage for long.
According to a campaigner Sumana Shrestha, the medicines were handed over to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Patan Hospital in Lalitpur and various other health facilities in Kavre, Dolakha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Nawalparasi, Bara, Baitadi, Bajura, Doti, Darchula, Achham, Jajarkot and Humla district for free.

Source: The Himalayan Times
See Full news: http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/national-campaign-end-drug-shortage/

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Only 100 Million Spent Out of 1.1 Billion Budget Allocated to Procure Essential Medicine

Kathmandu, Nepal
Approximately 100 million has been spent out of 1.1 billion budget allocated to purchase 70 kinds essential medicines by Ministry of Health. According to Government officials, the procurement process was hindered due to Terai protest and Indian blockade. Director of Logistics Management Division, Dr. Bhim Singh Tinkari said “We might be able to spend 40 crores at the end of fiscal year". He added; "out of tender announced for 84 types of medicines, applications were received for only 44 types of medicines. How can we achieve target in such situation?".

Source: Nepali Health
See more at: http://www.nepalihealth.com/2016/05/10/5539/

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Eight hours walk for a single dose of paracetamol !!!

Bajhang
Natives of Mayana and Suil villages of Jayprithvi municipality are forced to walk eight hours for basic health services. With nearest health post taking 4 hours of walking to reach, ill people are having a hard time, both physically and economically. Six people, including two children and two pregnant women, have lost their lives in the past two years because of inaccessibility to essential health services. Long travel even for a single dose of paracetamol has precipitated a troubling tendency of not seeking medical care at all and leading unhealthy lives in the villages, a local female health volunteer remarks.
Source : ekantipur
See more at: http://epaper.ekantipur.com/kantipur/2016-04-08/7

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Not Even ORS are Available !!!

Thori, Parsa
Health post in Thori VDC in Parsa district has been reeling under medicines shortage for one year now. Although health professionals (1 HA, 3 AHW and 3 ANM) are present, the lack of medicines has rendered their health services ineffective. Patients are returning from the health posts without receiving the medicines prescribed for them. As a result, the number of patients visiting the health post has sharply declined to 15/20 per day from earlier 40/50 per day. Medicines such as antidiarrheals, antivenoms - which are of high demand especially during the summer season - are unavailable, risking the lives of many people.
Source : ekantipur
See more at: http://epaper.ekantipur.com/kantipur/2016-04-08/7

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Paying for Free Health Treatment

Asthma patient Ramprit Yadav of Siraha - 2 is admitted at the District hospital for treatment. As per provision, he was supposed to get free treatment and free medicines while undergoing treatment at government hospitals. Ramprit did not. He was asked to buy medicines from pharmacies and was also asked to get x-ray from a private health facility.
"It was told that patients of asthma are given totally free treatment and medicines at government hospitals. However, I had to buy medicines from outside and also had to pay for x-ray, as I was asked to do it from outside," he said while laying on bed no 14 of the general treatment ward of the hospital. The only thing that Ramprit has not paid for are bed and doctor's fee. Rest, including several tests and medicines, the hospital said sorry and he had to pay.
Rajbir Yadav, spokesperson at the hospital admitted that patients have been hit due to the lack of medicine in hospital. He informed that 35 percent of medicine for asthma patients comes from the drug department while the hospital manages for the rest through tender. "However, this time, neither the department has sent medicine, nor have we been able to buy it," he explained.
Source : My Republica
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