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PCR test kits procured by Nepal Army incompatible with most Nepali laboratories

Kathmandu, June 22 -- The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits procured by the Nepal Army from China are incompatible with most testing machines in the country, according to the Health Ministry o... Read More


Rapid test kits procured by Omni only accurate 50 percent of the time, says report

Kathmandu, June 18 -- The 75,000 rapid diagnostic kits procured by the government through Omni Business Corporate International are only able to detect the presence of the coronavirus antibodies 50 pe... Read More


Study finds a litany of shortcomings and shortages in Covid-19 treatment facilities

Kathmandu, June 16 -- Only 33 percent of the clinics and hospitals designated for Covid-19 treatment have personal protective equipment sets specified by the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and P... Read More


Over 1,200 people killed themselves during 74 days of lockdown

Kathmandu, June 14 -- On Saturday, 38-year-old Bhagwati attempted to kill herself at her home in Dolakha. Her children yelled for help. But by the time neighbours arrived, she was already unconscious.... Read More


Lockdown curtailed tuberculosis patients' access to health facilities, TB center says

Kathmandu, June 14 -- Detection of new tuberculosis cases has declined by 50 percent ever since the government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 24, according to an assessment carried out in all... Read More


Malnourished children at risk as nutrition centres are requisitioned for Covid-19 care

Nepal, June 9 -- Last week, a four year old severely malnourished boy from Doti was brought to a nutrition rehabilitation home in Dadeldhura, the neighbouring district for treatment. But since the upp... Read More


Most Covid victims have died untested, with infections detected after death

Kathmandu, June 8 -- Of the 13 people who've died in Nepal of the coronavirus as of Sunday, a majority have tested positive for Covid-19 only after their deaths, raising questions behind their causes ... Read More


Health workers deployed at Covid-19 frontline deprived of their allowances

Kathmandu, June 7 -- Health workers deployed on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 haven't received their allowances, even four months after the government announced that extra pay for them.... Read More


Health Ministry recommends declaring public health emergency but Cabinet undecided

Nepal, June 5 -- As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise unabated, the Health Ministry has recommended that the Cabinet declare a nationwide public health emergency. If the Cabinet follows ... Read More


Thousands of children in Kathmandu deprived of immunisation

Nepal, June 2 -- Over 70,000 children in Kathmandu Metropolitan City, between the ages of six months to five years, have been deprived of measles-rubella vaccines. While health facilities in most oth... Read More