With free testing only of symptomatic patients contact tracing is yet to resume
As people are left to die in their homes due to government apathy, officials say that asymptomatic cases, which make up the majority of the infected, may be superspreaders of the virus.
Nepal joins the race to get the vaccine. But when and how is still up in the air
Writing to foreign governments is all good, but the government needs to be proactive in acquiring it as the whole world is in the queue, and legwork here for storage and transport is needed, experts say.
Vitamin A supplement campaign starts amid pandemic
The two-day drive aims to administer the crucial vitamin and deworming tablets to over 2.7 million children aged between six months and five years.
With winter here, respiratory infections will surge and so will the virus spread, doctors warn
Cold, dry air, low humidity, indoor stay and poorly ventilated rooms likely to facilitate the transmission of the coronavirus.
Long neglected, people of Humla see no point in cooperating to check virus spread
A week after 56 people were found to be infected, contact tracing has yet to begin. Winter brings seasonal flu, which has symptoms similar to Covid-19 and people may not be aware that they are carrying the coronavirus.
As ministry pushes for antigen tests, national lab questions direct PCR method, raising suspicion
National Public Health Laboratory says validation of direct polymerase chain reaction tests technique ‘just about satisfactory’. But experts disagree.
Rising tuberculosis cases could soon lead to an epidemic, experts say
They warn that misdiagnosis and under-reporting of TB cases could spread the infection further.
Number of Covid-19 deaths far higher than what the government claims, officials say
Health Ministry’s data does not include all known deaths as well as of those who were suspected to have died of the coronavirus but were not tested.
Health Ministry has spent Rs20 billion on pandemic but infections continue to surge
Officials and public health experts say lack of coordination and collaboration among various state agencies is the main reason behind the losing battle against Covid-19.
Health Ministry preparing legal grounds to roll out Covid-19 vaccines
A proposal has been sent to the Cabinet to allow the use of vaccines after they are certified for emergency use.
Health Ministry says revision of guidelines needed to resume free tests and treatment
Officials say they are yet to receive a copy of Monday’s Cabinet decision to provide Covid-19 tests and treatment free of charge.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City lacks seriousness in containing virus spread, Health Ministry officials say
In response, City authorities are demanding free testing by the federal government although other municipalities in Valley have been doing it with their own resources.
As winter sets in, Nepal faces double threat: Pollution and pandemic
Studies around the world show the risk of Covid-19 fatality is higher with longer exposure to polluted air which engulfs the country as temperatures plummet.
Despite court verdict, Covid patients made to pay for tests, treatment
The Supreme Court quashed its review petition, but the ministry is yet to implement the judiciary’s latest order.
Health Ministry’s decision to resume contact tracing yet to be implemented
After the government started charging patients, number of patients dying in homes has increased.