Pabitra Sunar

The contributor for Republica.

Timely medication with the onset of HIV prevents development of AIDS

Published On: December 2, 2023 09:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sex, sharing needles between drug users, blood donations, and blood transfusion. If HIV transmitted in this way can be identified at the beginning, no person will have to die from Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and can live a long life like other chronic patients. However, due to negligence of this issue, many people infected with HIV develop full-fledged AIDS and subsequently die.

Concerns rise as respiratory disease spreads in China, Nepal faces potential risk

Published On: December 1, 2023 12:15 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHAMNDU, Dec 1: Health experts have pointed out that Nepal is also at the potential risk of the respiratory disease that has been spreading among Chinese children over the past two weeks. International media have reported that hospitals are full of patients with the disease, which has spread to the surrounding areas of Beijing. The disease and its cause have remained unidentified.

Lack of driver health check-ups raises accident risks

Published On: November 26, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: Four years ago, a car running at Balkumari road section in Lalitpur suddenly hit an electric pole. The then in-charge of Lalitpur Traffic Office and Police Inspector Sitaram Hachhethu reached the spot. While investigating the cause of the incident, police found that the accident occurred due to a health issue of the driver rather than his negligence.

Number of single women increases in Nepal

Published On: November 25, 2023 09:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: The number of single women in Nepal has increased of late, according to the latest report. In 2011, single women accounted for 1.5 percent of the total population in Nepal, but by 2021, this percentage has reached 7.3 percent.

KMC approves new procedure to ensure 10 percent free service at hospitals

Published On: November 24, 2023 08:30 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has recently approved a new procedure to implement the Public Health Service Act in order to provide 10 percent free beds for the poor in hospitals within the metropolis.

Reports show about 20 percent of diabetic people face vision challenges

Published On: November 20, 2023 06:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: In recent years, there has been a concerning rise in vision loss attributed to diabetes.

Senior Cardiologist Dr Om Murthy Anil bags two Guinness World Records

Published On: November 12, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Senior Cardiologist Dr Om Murthy Anil has proven the statement, ‘It is better not to fall sick than to cure the disease after falling sick.’ Dr Anil has achieved a world record through public awareness programs on heart disease prevention. He has secured a place in the 'Guinness World Record' under the title 'Health Awareness on Heart and Colon Diseases on Facebook,' organized by the Guinness World Records.

Two pneumonia patients died after being injected antibiotics in Patan hospital

Published On: November 6, 2023 02:15 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU,  Nov 6: Two patients died at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences after taking antibiotics.

Mental health challenges on the rise in Nepal's active population

Published On: October 11, 2023 07:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: In Nepal, mental health issues are affecting individuals who may appear physically healthy but are grappling with hidden mental illnesses. Regrettably, not everyone can identify these struggles. Recently, a surge in psychosocial conditions has been noted among the active age group in Nepal. Medical professionals have raised concerns about the prevalence of anxiety and depression, particularly among individuals aged 15 to 39 in the country.

How to mitigate risk of cardiovascular disease after turning 40?

Published On: September 29, 2023 07:30 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 29: Have you reached the age of 40? Are you suffering from high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels or diabetes? People facing these health issues are at a higher risk of a heart attack or heart diseases. Doctors have warned that people of this age group may have a heart attack or kidney failure at any time if they do not pay attention to their health.

Prevalence of anemia found higher among children than women in Nepal

Published On: September 26, 2023 07:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Disturbing statistics reveal that in Nepal, a staggering 43 percent of children aged between six months and five years suffer from anemia. This concerning data, sourced from the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) for 2022, underscores the prevalence of anemia among this vulnerable age group. Furthermore, the report highlights that anemia is more widespread among children under five years of age compared to women aged 14 to 59, with children facing a nine percent higher risk.

Delayed treatment of SHAPU infection increases risk of vision loss

Published On: September 25, 2023 03:15 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: If a white butterfly is flying around you, avoid its infection.If its tiny hair gets into the eye, it can cause the SHAPU (Seasonal Hyperacute Pan-Uveitis) infection. If not treated promptly, it can lead to vision loss. Ophthalmologist Dr Smita Shrestha revealed that within one month, 30 percent of patients treated at Tilganga Eye Hospital experienced complex issues due to the SHAPU infection in their eyes. Those with complex problems are currently undergoing treatment, but some are at the risk of losing their eyesight. "It takes about a month to assess the impact of vision loss caused by SHAPU," she mentioned.

Kathmandu Valley sees a spike in cases of Dengue and undiagnosed fever

Published On: September 23, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: Hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley have reported a rising number of dengue patients over the past two weeks. Some individuals seeking medical attention for uncontrollable fever have been diagnosed with dengue.

Health authorities alarmed by dengue outbreak across Nepal, including Kathmandu Valley

Published On: September 10, 2023 11:30 AM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Health authorities have raised concerns over the growing number of dengue infections, which has now extended to Kathmandu Valley. Mukunda Rijal, the ward chairman of Kathmandu-16, succumbed to the disease last Monday. According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), the death toll from dengue has reached 14.

KMC initiates construction of 20 Urban Health Promotion Centers

Published On: September 7, 2023 11:30 AM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sep 7: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is embarking on a project to establish 20 urban health promotion centers, with the aim of providing essential healthcare services to its residents free of charge.

Air pollution kills over 42,000 people annually in Nepal

Published On: September 6, 2023 11:30 AM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Around 42,100 people die of the diseases caused by air pollution every year in Nepal. The Health Effects Institute Annual report of Global Air 2022 underscores the global increase in non-communicable diseases due to the effects of air pollution.

Second dose of cervical cancer vaccine limited to samples

Published On: August 31, 2023 03:15 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV), which the government bought from China three months ago, is going to be limited to demonstration as samples this time as well. The government introduced a vaccine produced by China's Sinovac company in mid-June. The vaccine that was brought by paying an additional price of about Rs 90 million is only 20,000 vials.

Dengue threat looms over Kathmandu following outbreak in Dharan

Published On: August 21, 2023 06:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Aug 21: The risk of dengue infection, which began with the onset of the monsoon season, is projected to persist for another three months. The National Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has predicted that the likelihood of dengue infection will endure until November.

Conjunctivitis risk to persist for additional two weeks

Published On: August 20, 2023 04:00 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Ophthalmologists have alerted the public to the prolonged threat of conjunctivitis, which emerged in the last week of June, extending its grip for an additional two weeks. Experts have emphasized that while the infection rate is subsiding in Terai districts, the risk remains elevated in the Kathmandu Valley and hilly regions.

Health minister himself insults the white coat!

Published On: August 17, 2023 01:45 PM NPT By: Pabitra Sunar

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: The esteemed 'white coat' holds a distinct reverence, expressing both its significance and limitations. Traditionally reserved for patient care and medical duties, the white coat has symbolized professionalism and responsibility. However, a recent episode has stirred discussion, challenging the sanctity of this iconic attire.