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Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

The contributor for Republica.

Reason to worry: Silent spread of COVID-19 infection in Nepal

Published On: June 7, 2020 01:15 PM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

“Silent coronavirus” is widespread in Nepal. Almost all individuals infected with coronaviruses were found with no symptoms at all.

Keeping dengue at bay

Published On: June 23, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

On May 24, a 29-years old lady visited Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) for medical and laboratory tests after she was diagnosed of dengue in Dharan. STIDH’s test confirmed dengue. She had developed high fever, nausea, severe joint pain, rash, body ache but there was no history of pain behind the eyes. She said that several others in her town had showed similar symptoms. This was the first observation of beginning of dengue outbreak in Dharan.

African malaria threat

Published On: May 20, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

Malaria imported from African continent has been increasing steadily in the last few years, and is posing unnoticed public health threat to Nepal

Detecting bird flu

Published On: April 7, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

Tens of thousands of chickens have been culled due to bird flu that spread in dozens of poultry farms across the country in recent days. It is now confirmed that the “H5N1” virus is responsible for ongoing outbreaks. A couple of months ago, hundreds of chickens died of bird flu known as “H9N2” virus in a short period of time in a capital based poultry farm.

Dangerous dengue

Published On: November 21, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

Dengue is spreading fast in Nepal, in what could be the worst and most explosive epidemic since 2010.

Typhus alert

Published On: August 27, 2017 12:27 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

Until August 20th, at least 22 Scrub typhus cases were diagnosed among patients with fever who visited the out-patient department of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital as well as among those referred there from various hospitals of Kathmandu. Many patients who were positive for Scrub typhus had no history of travel beyond Kathmandu city.

The Chikungunya menace

Published On: September 20, 2016 12:35 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

The 15 deaths reported in India due to complications from Chikungunya infection should be a cause for concern in Nepal

Treatable Scrub

Published On: August 22, 2016 12:45 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

We should not panic over the current Scrub typhus outbreak as deaths from this disease can be prevented with simple drugs

Preventing cholera

Published On: August 13, 2016 12:15 AM NPT By: Dr Sher Bahadur Pun

There have never been genuine attempts to identify reasons and risk factors of cholera outbreak in Nepal