Trace and test

March 26, 2020 08:36 am

Yet another person has been tested positive of Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) of Ministry of Health, making the number of total positive cases three out of the total tests of 687.  That Nepal has not had to witness fatality so far is a matter of relief but many think that we have negligible positive cases because Nepali health authorities have not tested the people. To test the people, health facilities must have protective gears and test kits as well, which they do not have.  Worldwide, the number of infection is rising. So is the number of deaths too. In this context, Nepali authorities must do at least two vital things to ensure that the pandemic can be contained.   First, trace.  Health authorities need to trace all persons the infected came into contact with and bring them to medical facilities. They should be tested and even if they are found negative they should be put in quarantine depending on the severity of the case.  For the moment, it is crucial to trace the contacts and whereabouts of all those who were in contact with two persons recently tested positive.  And then, having traced them, health authorities should test all of them. Given the speed in which Covid-19 is spreading, health authorities should test every individual who has the symptoms of flu and fever.

HETAUDA, Aug 7: Sixty-two people of Hetauda sub-metropolitan city have fallen sick due to dengue fever. The number of patients was recorded from July 17 to August 7.

Sleep has been underrated as the best medicine to fight off disease say researchers working on a new study. The study titled, “Gαs-Coupled Receptor Signaling and Sleep Regulate Integrin Activation of Human Antigen-Specific T Cells,” was published this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under five by 2030, experts warned Monday on a global day aimed at raising awareness of the biggest infectious killer of infants worldwide.

Even a brief exposure to tiny air pollution particles is associated with the development of acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in young children, according to a study, involving more than 100,000 patients.

KATHMANDU, Dec 1: The National HIV Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021: “Nepal HIVision 2020,” was launched in Kathmandu on World AIDS Day 2016; exactly a year ago. This year, the Government of Nepal has launched three more flagship documents: ‘National HIV Testing and Treatment Guidelines 2017’, 'National Community-Led HIV Testing Guidelines 2017’, and ‘National Consolidated Guidelines on Strategic Information of the HIV response in Nepal’.

BIRATNAGAR, Oct 26: Two inmates of Morang jail, who fell ill, died while undergoing treatment at a local hospital on Wednesday.

DHADING, Oct 6: Cases of dengue infection have steadily gone up in Dhading since the past two weeks. As of now, 27 cases of dengue have been detected in the district by local clinics and the district hospital.

Mahottari, Oct 4: The District Public Health Office (DPHO), Mahottari has launched a campaign aimed at preventing dengue virus infection in the district.

POKHARA/SYANGJA, Aug 21: Despite some measures taken to control H1N1 Influenza 'A' virus, commonly known as swine flu, Kaski and Syangja districts are still facing problems to control the virus.

MANILA, August 1: The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.

LONDON, June 21: Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, has been admitted to hospital with an infection and will miss the formal opening of parliament but he remains in "good spirits", a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said.

LONDON, April 26:  British pop icon Elton John contracted a "potentially deadly" infection while on tour which saw him spend two nights in intensive care and has forced shows to be cancelled.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: More than 85 per cent of the total HIV infection in the country has been found transmitted from unprotected sex, a study by the National Centre or AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) revealed.

CHITWAN, Sept 17: As many as 205 people in Chitwan district have been directly affected from scrub typhus infection which was first spotted some five months ago.