Inoculation drive paced up to meet mid-April targetBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Now the new strain of coronavirus has been spreading rapidly, and the public health specialists have urged the government to intensify the vaccination drive and inoculate all people in order to prevent the risks.
Puzzle of paracetamols: Govt denies shortage, needy cannot getBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Along with a massive surge in COVID-19 cases after the outbreak of the Omicron variant, the Kathmandu Valley has been witnessing a shortage of paracetamols. With over 5,000 cases of coronavirus being reported daily in the Kathmandu Valley, the demand for paracetamols has, of late, increased.
Omicron infection not severe in vaccinated peopleBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
In recent times, the novel coronavirus has spread like wildfire in Nepal, especially in the Kathmandu Valley. As the infection rate, which was at 4.4 per cent last Thursday jumped to 23 per cent in a week's span, the epidemiologists have suspected that along with Delta variant, the Omicron strain of coronavirus must have been spreading in Nepal at lightning speed. Similarly, the World Health Organisation (WHO), in its weekly epidemiological report on Tuesday, informed that the COVID-19 cases increased...
Keep children safe from Omicron spread: ExpertsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Among growing threats of the Omicron variant, the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in the country lately. While the COVID-19 tally of neighbouring country India is surging significantly in recent weeks, the daily infection rfate in Nepal has gone up by 3.9 per cent in one week’s span.
Procedure on to bring in syringes for Pfizer administrationBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
On December 24, Nepal received 660,560 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from the United States under the COVAX facility. The Ministry of Health and Population had planned to administer the Pfizer vaccines to children aged 12 to 17 in eight districts across the nation including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur from December 28, Tuesday. However, due to the lack of syringes required for inoculation, the government’s plan to roll out the Pfizer vaccines to children amid Omicron threats got stalled. Dr....
Increase border surveillance to check Omicron: ExpertsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Three weeks after the new COVID-19 Omicron variant became a global concern, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the variant is spreading faster than any previous strain and is probably present in most of the countries in the world. “Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a COVID-19 update in Geneva. According to the WHO, 77 nations have reported cases of Omicron until today.
Roll out booster dose only after vaccinating target population: ExpertsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The emergence of a new variant of COVID-19, named Omicron, has prompted considerations for distributing booster doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines in nations across the world. Following the rise in the Omicron variant, various countries including the UK and USA, have already started providing booster dose, which is the third dose of vaccine against COVID-19, to the fully vaccinated population. Although no case of Omicron has been recorded here in Nepal till today, the need for booster dose has...
Amid Omicron risks, following health protocol vitalBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The variant of coronavirus classified as B.1.1.529 and named Omicron has raised concerns all across the world as it is reported to be highly contagious. The variant, first identified in South Africa on November 24, has already spread to dozens of countries including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and India. On November 26, the World Health Organisation (WHO) labeled Omicron as the Variant of Concern, stating that the variant was more transmissible, virulent, and...
Keep warm to prevent cold related illnesses: DoctorsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The country has started witnessing chilly days along with the arrival of winter. According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the temperature of the Kathmandu Valley had dipped to 8.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday. As cold weather can cause fever, various respiratory problems, pneumonia and trigger asthma, uric acid, and even stroke, the health specialists have warned everyone to take good care of themselves and keep warm.
Govt to bring Pfizer, Moderna jabs to inoculate childrenBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Following the arrival of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines in Nepal, parents of school-going children have become hopeful that the government would now begin vaccinating the younger population. Ramesh Shakya, 43, father of a 13-year-old, said, “Although my wife and I already received the second dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, we were concerned for our daughter as despite being vaccinated we could still be carriers.”