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Nepal: Docs to Tender Mass Resignation to Koirala, Not to Run Even Emergency Ward


Kathmandu: Agitating doctors at the Trbhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) have decided to tender mass resignation to Prime Minister-elect Sushil Koirala in support of Dr Govinda KC, who is on a fast-unto-death since February 8 Saturday. As per the statute of the Tribhuvan University, the prime minister of the country is the ex officio chancellor of the varsity. His other demands are reinstatement of former IoM dean Prakash Sayami, the appointment of a new dean on the basis of seniority, and stern action against IOM officials found guilty by an earlier investigation. He also demanded establishment of government medical colleges in rura
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Nepal: Ambulance Drivers' Extortion


Surkhet: Tek Bahadur Oli, a resident of Shantitole, Latikoili, was shocked to hear the response of an ambulance driver of the Regional Hospital, in Surkhet, February 13 night. When he made a call seeking emergency service to take his seriously ill kin to a nearby health facility, the driver refused saying it was night and it was not too far for him to take the patient to the hospital himself. The locals complain that though there are around a dozen ambulances, including governmental and non-governmental ones in the district, their services are not reliable. They charge exorbitantly, and if the drivers are not interested, they make excuses.
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Nepal: Paramedics Handle Bir Emergency


Kathmandu: The emergency ward of Bir Hospital was without a single doctor for 12 hours on March 01 Saturday night. Two paramedics took charge of the ward from 9 pm Saturday to 9 am Sunday as unit doctors and volunteers remained absent. The country’s oldest hospital is supposed to have two doctors and two paramedics on duty at all times.
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Nepal: SAARC Nations Discuss Disaster Response


Kathmandu: Government officials, civil society members and experts from SAARC [South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation] countries have assembled in the capital to discuss on how the SAARC member countries work collectively for disaster risk reduction and management across the South Asian region.  During the seventeenth SAARC summit held in the Maldives in November, 2011, head of states the SAARC member countries had endorsed the SAARC Comprehensive Framework on Disaster Management and SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disasters, which aims to develop a regional-level action plan on mitigating natural disasters in the
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Nepal: Call Emergency Numbers‚ NTA Rings Hollow


Kathmandu: Have you ever dialled 100 to call the police using United Telecom Limited or Smart Telecom line? Or have you tried calling the fire brigade (101), using Ncell service? If you have, you know these numbers are not reachable, all thanks to the negligence of the telecom sector regulator and companies. Result: More than 50 per cent of telephone subscribers have been barred from using emergency numbers.  Three-digit short codes starting with digit ‘1’ have been allocated for emergency services such as police (100), fire brigade (101), ambulance (102), traffic police (103), Children Search Coordination Centre (104), Nepa
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