Patients seeking treatment in non-Covid hospitals are testing positive for coronavirus
Health Ministry officials, who have so far claimed that the infection does not spread from asymptomatic patients, are now saying there is a high risk of community transmission.
People rescued from abroad and placed in holding centers are coming out and moving freely
Doctors at TU Teaching Hospital say such people are reaching the hospital on their own not only for tests but also to collect the reports.
Volunteers, teachers and college students to be trained for contact tracing
Government has allocated Rs 380 million to each province to expand their isolation facilities.
91 health workers across the country have been infected with coronavirus so far
Public health experts warn health facilities could become coronavirus hotspots if the government fails to set up an infection control system.
Six percent of Covid-19 cases are from communities, but no community transmission yet, Health Ministry says
Public health experts have long suspected community transmission and have urged the government to acknowledge the fact and take adequate measures.
Request for $1.5 million to set up PCR labs in all provinces yet to respond by SAARC Development Fund
SAARC Covid-19 Emergency Fund also ineffective due to dispute about its use between India and Pakistan
Restrictions on testing and focus on returnees from abroad don’t contain Covid-19, say experts
They say active surveillance and testing of all symptomatic patients are necessary to flatten the curve and stop coronavirus from spreading in the community.
Nepal Health Research Council to perform whole-genome sequencing of coronavirus
The council is planning to collect samples from 60 infected people for the study to determine the strain and properties of the virus found in Nepal.
Over 620,000 children under one year to get rotavirus vaccine starting this week
With seven new vaccines introduced since 2004, the number of vaccines on the regular immunisation list reaches 12.
Inside the Health Ministry during the pandemic
It’s not the minister, it’s his chief adviser, Khem Karki, who is calling the shots.
Experts say Covid-19 epidemic yet to start, stress community tracing
‘Testing people placed in quarantine only will not help contain the pandemic.’
More Nepalis are delivering babies at home due to fear of Covid-19
Health officials are worried that this might increase deaths among mothers and their newborns.
Drug regulator directs firms to increase import of life saving medicines
There are shortages of drugs for diseases like asthma and diabetes and those needed for intensive care.
Fear of Covid-19 and overlapping symptoms increase risk of late diagnosis of seasonal ailments
Doctors say fatalities will increase from seasonal diseases if not treated on time.
PCR test kits procured by Nepal Army incompatible with most Nepali laboratories
Health Ministry officials say that around 28,000 PCR test kits purchased by the Nepal Army do not work with most PCR testing machines, which could lead testing rates to decline.