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Annual Report of DOHS 2070/71 (2013/2014)

The Annual Report of the Department of Health Services (DoHS) for fiscal year 2070/71 (2013/2014) is the 20th consecutive report of its kind.

The report focuses on the objectives, targets, strategies adopted by the programs and analyses the achievements of the major activities and attempts to highlight trends in the service coverage of the services over the preceding three fiscal years. This report also identifies issues, problems, constraints and suggests actions to be taken by the related health institutions for further improvements. The executive summary highlights the key issues and observations emerging from the analysis of each programme. DOWNLOAD REPORT: CLICK HERE

TB remains a Public health problem

Tuberculosis still continues to remain a public health problem in Nepal, with the major challenge being reaching the unreached and finding missing cases. According to National Tuberculosis Centre‚ there were 37,025 notified cases of TB who underwent DOTS (directly observed treatment, short-course) treatment in fiscal year 2014-15. However, around 10,000 TB patients miss their treatment annually. At a programme organised to mark World Tuberculosis Day today, Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha said the government was committed to achieving the goal of eliminating TB. 

World Tuberculosis Day is marked every year on March 24. Marking the day, the World Health Organisation has called for new commitments and new action in the global fight against tuberculosis,

which WHO describes as one of the world’s top infectious killers.There has been tremendous progress in recent years in fight against tuberculosis, but with 20,000 new sputum positive cases and 5,000-7,000 deaths every year in Nep…

World Tuberculosis Day - 24 March 2015

World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch's announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB. -STOP TB PARTNERSHIP

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.
TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to bec…

Sponsorships Announcement for the Participant of First National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal


Scholarship for Nursing and Paramedical Subjects- Gorkha Milan Samaj Pokhara


Chlorhexidine Cord Care Program in Nepal (Published by MoHP)

The neonatal mortality rate in Nepal is 23 per 1,000 live births and major cause of neonatal death is infection. Among newborns, exposure of the freshly cut cord stump to pathogens through hands instruments, cloths etc. may lead to infection and death.

Chlorhexidine is a broad-spectrum antiseptic that is safe and effective for reducing bacterial colonization on the skin and umbilical stump of newborns. Pooled analysis of studies including study of 2006 in Sarlahi, Nepal has shown that immediate cleansing of the umbilical cord with 4% chlorhexidine (equivalent to 7.1% Chlorhexidine Digluconate w/v) reduces mortality risk by about 23%. After this a study was conducted in Maternity hospital, Thapathali and demonstrated that a gel preparation was as effective as an aqueous preparation. Another study on acceptability was done at the community level and demonstrated a clear preference for a gel preparation. Then a pilot was done in four districts (Bajhang, Jumla, Banke and Parsa) to determin…

Panel formed to review MMR status

THEHIMALAYANTIMES The government has decided to conduct a technical review of the maternal mortality related data collected in the national census.A 13-member committee coordinated by National Planning Commission member Yagya Bahadur Karki has been set up to review the analysis of maternal mortality data after a population monograph published by the Central Bureau of Statistics put the country’s maternal mortality ratio at 480 per 100,000 live births, implying that the country is far from meeting its MMR target of 134 under the MDGs-2015. According to Karki, a study panel has been formed after the Ministry of Health and Population sought NPC’s help to recheck the current MMR, which has highly confused the health policymakers as well as the multilateral donors who have already invested billions of dollars in country’s health sector.The committee comprises Dr Senendra Raj Upreti, Director General, D…

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