Signs of third wave put country at risk, experts warnBy Ajita Rijal
At a time when Nepal was just preparing to heave a sigh of relief after the second wave of COVID-19, warning signs of a third wave have started to emerge in the country. With the increase in new cases and number of deaths on a daily basis, health experts have said that the country may witness a spike in COVID-19 infections very soon, thus giving way for the looming third wave. Both the infection rate and the number of new cases have increased in recent days, the country is at high risk, said Dr....
Encouraging Breastfeeding: Shared Responsibility EssentialBy Ajita Rijal
Every year, the first week of August is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week. This year the world is celebrating the week with the theme, 'Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility' as health experts are calling on all stakeholders to encourage mothers for optimal breastfeeding practices. Breastfeeding within the first ho
Govt to purchase 6 million Pfizer doses for childrenBy Ajita Rijal
Minister of State for Health and Population Umesh Shrestha has said that the import of over around 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by mid-September has been confirmed, whereas another 30 million doses is currently under procurement process.
Breastfeeding is natural vaccine for children: ExpertsBy Ajita Rijal
As World Breastfeeding Week kicked off from Sunday with a slogan, ‘Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility’, health experts are calling all stakeholders to encourage mothers to continue optimal breastfeeding practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A Desperate Wait For VaccinesBy Ajita Rijal
With the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic threat hanging over us like a Damocles' sword, our nation's desperate wait for the COVID vaccine shows no sign of subsiding at present, impeding our authority in achieving its desired vaccination campaign goals. The inoculation of entire population in a phase-wise manner against the dreadful contagion is key to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Though there is some respite latel
Nepal in desperate need of life-saving vaccinesBy Ajita Rijal
Nepal is witnessing a decline in COVID-19 infection in the recent days, after the worst second wave of infections over the past months. With some respite in the caseload, the government has continued to reach out and Nepal now is in desperate need of vaccines. The government had made desperate pleas with various vaccine-manufacturing countries for the jabs as the second wave of COVID-19 ravaged the health system of the nation.
Experts stress children’s safety from virusBy Ajita Rijal
Health experts fear the possibility of children being more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection if a new variant of virus emerges. During the first wave, 2 to 3 per cent children were infected and in the second wave, the infection rate in children is more than 10 per cent, said Dr. RP Bichha, Director of Kanti Children’s Hospital.
Rs. 122.77bn allocated for health sectorBy Ajita Rijal
The government has put health sector in high priority and has allocated big sums in its annual budget. The government has raised the budget for the health sector to Rs. 122.77 billion for the fiscal year 2021/22, at a time the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the country. It was Rs. 90.69 billion last year. Presenting the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, Minister for Finance Bishnu Poudel said that high priority would be given to prevention and control of coronavirus pandemic and...
1,406 ICU beds available nationwide: MinistryBy Ajita Rijal
Nepal has been witnessing a massive resurgence of COVID-19 cases since mid-April. On Thursday, the country witnessed a record high of 9,070 cases with 54 fatalities. It was the fifth consecutive day the country reported more than 7,000 new cases in a day. On Wednesday, it recorded 8,605 cases and 58 deaths; on Tuesday, 7,587 cases and 55 deaths; on Monday 7,388 cases and 37 deaths and on Sunday 7,137 cases and 27 deaths.
5,763 new virus cases recorded with 19 deathsBy Ajita Rijal
Nepal’s COVID- 19 daily caseload has been continuously increasing with the onset of the second wave of the virus. On Saturday, the country recorded 5,763 new cases and 19 deaths. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Saturday added 19 more COVID-19 related fatalities in its update, of which 7 were recorded in Banke in the last 24 hours. With this, the nation’s COVID-19 death toll has climbed to 3,298 and the death rate is 1.02 per cent.