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Nepal: Ill-equipped to Treat Snakebite Cases


Nepalgunj: Incidents of snakebite are going unabated in various Tarai districts particularly in the summer and rainy seasons, necessitating efficient medical response. But it threatens the lives of patients when they don’t get timely and adequate attention. Unavailability of antivenom on time and a lack of facilities such as intensive care unit and ventilator, coupledwith patient’s dependence on witch doctors, further complicate the matter. As hospitals receive an increasing number of patients ofsnakebite mostly during mid-April to mid-October every year, it seems no concrete measures have been taken to control the
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Nepal: Ambulances without Facilities Operating in Panchthar


Phidim: Ambulances are needed to aid critical patients so that they can be provided basic facilities till they reach the hospital. But sadly, ambulances in Panchthar district lack even first-aid facility.  The Ambulance Operation Act 2060 says vehicles carrying patients should be equipped with basic treatment facilities. There are 12 ambulances operating in the district that belong to 10 health facilities, but not a single ambulance is equipped with the mandatory facilities, stakeholders said. As per rules, even ‘’C’’ class emergency vehicles should have first-aid gear, oxygen cylinder, blood press
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Nepal: Snakebite Patients Increasing‚ Anti-Venom Stock Running Out


Taulihawa: Snakebite cases have increased in Kapilvastu.As per district hospital data, a total of 103 snakebite patients have been treated at the hospital in the past one month or so. During the same period last year, only 57 patients had visited the hospital. Hospital sources reported the death of three patients this year due to delay in reaching the health facility.  Pawan Kurmi, 6, of Dumra, Anita Pande of Bhalwad and Kunti Pasi lost their lives as they could not receive treatment in time. It has been learnt that most snakebite patients visiting the hospital are kids ranging from 3 to 14 years, women and elderly persons. “Somet
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Nepal: Joint Military Exercise for Disaster Response


Kathmandu: With a view to respond to disaster, a joint exercise between Nepal Army and US Army Pacific Command kicked off on September 9 Monday in Kathmandu.According to the NA Directorate of Public Relations, the joint exercise will be conducted for 3 days and involve rescue and relief of the huge number of victims in the event of disasters like earthquake, floods and landslides. According to a statement issued by the DPR, the joint exercise is a civil-military disaster preparedness and response initiative between the governmental and non-governmental agencies. There are around 100 participants in the exercise. During the inauguration
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Nepal: Training on Disaster Situations Begins


Kathmandu: A 10-day training on corpse management in disaster situations began in the Capital on September 17. SSP Sudip Acharya inaugurated the training on ‘Emergency First Aid Treatment and Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters’ at the office of Dilli Bazaar-based Central Police Disaster Response Taskforce.  “This session will impart professional knowledge and skills in providing emergency first aid treatment and managing bodies in the aftermath of natural disasters,” Acharya said of the training that has Nepal Red Cross Society, International Committee of Red Cross and Disaster Management Division as the o
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