India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children. Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up...

2.2m Nepalis suffer from mental health disorder

As Nepal carries out its first National Mental Health Survey, some 2.2 million Nepalis, aged between 16 - 40 years, are estimated to suffer from mental health issues and the cases are rising among children, psychiatrists have warned. Different studies have also shown that mental health plagues people of every age, affects one out of five youths globally and is directly linked to youth suicide in the 15-29 age group. “A child can suffer immense stress due to small reasons...

Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said. Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's nervous system -- specifically, the spinal cord -- and can cause paralysis. Unlike polio, there is no vaccine for AFM. Minnesota typically sees less than one case a year, the state Department of Health reported. The disease typically affects children; all the recent cases in Minnesota were in children younger than 10. AFM...

Open border increases risk of malaria outbreak

Oct 8: Kanchanpur is reeling under a high risk of malaria due to open border with India. Number of patients entering into the country with malaria epidemic from India is on the rise every year. Number of people infected by malaria which is transmitted from mosquito bite has reached 22 during the past three months in Kanchanpur. Most of the malaria affected people are those returning home from India. Four among the infected are found to be Indians. As many...

Disaster response drill starts in Capital

Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange
The fourth iteration of Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange, which is held routinely by the Nepal Army and the US Army Pacific, kicked off in Kathmandu on Tuesday. More than 300 people, including security personnel, Red Cross workers and government agencies from 14 countries, are participating in the four-day drill. The exercise that kicked off on Tuesday focuses on civil military coordination in disaster response, mass casualty simulation, search and rescue and camp management and coordination. A response drill will...

Press Release (#5): Kavre Food Poisoning and Saptari ILI 21 Sep 2018

Press Release #5 Press Release (#5) on Kavre Panchkhal food poisoning case and Saptari ILI Press_Release(#5)_Kavre_Food_Poisoning and Saptari ILI 21 Sep_2018

RTA in Nawalparasi 21 Sep 2018

As many as 32 people were injured after a passenger carrying bus met with an accident at Kusunde in Madhyabindu Municipality-11, Nawalparasi last night. The bus (Na 6 Kha 928) en route to Dang from Kathmandu fell some 50 meters off the road after colliding with a truck bearing Indian number plate. According to Jamuna thapa, health coordinator of Madhyabindu Municipality 15 persons with minor injuries have been discharged from Manakamana Polyclinic, Arungkhola and rest are being treated at College...

Mental Health in Nepal: Observing Media Representation of Celebrity Suicides

Mental Health Awareness Week is celebrated every year from 14-20 May. During this week, various government and non-government bodies, academic community and mental health practitioners come together to spread awareness on mental health. This year the mental health community is focusing on stress and coping mechanisms. When it comes to mental health, suicide is one of the most common phenomena, with about 800,000 deaths every year due to suicide. Strikingly, 78% of these suicides happen in low and middle income...

Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies: WHO

The World Health Organization today called upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostlychildren and the poor. Eight of the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region account for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies. “Humanrabies is caused mostly by dogs...