Youths beating COVID-19 run plasma donation campaignBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Ramesh Regmi (name changed), 49, got admitted to the APF Hospital, Balambu after being infected with the novel coronavirus. After his health started deteriorating, the doctors suggested his family to consider Convalescent Plasma Therapy (CPT) for his treatment. As CPT required plasma, which is extracted from the blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19, Regmi's family started searching for a recovered patient with A+ blood group. Dinesh Regmi, brother of the patient, then came across a...
Need of waste disposal rules for COVID-19 patients in home isolationBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Along with the increasing cases of COVID-19, a large number of infected people across the nation are staying in home isolation. Of the 18,299 active patients confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Friday, over 10,000 are placed in home isolation. Although the health ministry has issued a specific guideline that are to be followed in isolation and the local levels are given with the responsibility to check on those staying in home isolation, the government has not addressed...
COVID-19 is not a tabooBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Ever since the COVID-19 hit the world, the governments and people across the globe have started a blame game. Even after nine months of the emergence of the pandemic, the blame game has not come to an end until now. US President Donald Trump called the novel coronavirus a 'Chinese virus', fuelling various conspiracy theories against China. Interestingly, China was even blamed for spreading the virus deliberately.
COVID-19 is excruciating, should not be taken lightly: PatientsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Along with the novel coronavirus, fake news and false information about the pandemic are spreading simultaneously all across the globe. Disregarding the safety measures prescribed by the government, many on social media platforms are seen stating that the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing and should be taken normally. But those who suffered from the novel coronavirus have a different tale to tell. COVID-19 is excruciating and it should not be taken lightly, say those who are battling with the infection...
Rising recovery rate encouraging COVID-19 patients to defeat the virusBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The COVID-19 caseload has already crossed 50,000 in Nepal, with around 1,000 new cases being confirmed on a daily basis. But the cases of recovery have also been on the rise, of late, and as of Saturday, of the 53,120 total cases of the novel coronavirus in Nepal, a whopping 37,524 patients have already defeated the infection. On Friday, September 4, Nepal had recorded 1,354 cases of recovery on a single day and the recovery rate was at 58 per cent, which increased to 70.6 per cent on Saturday,...
Elderly and sick at greater risk of coronavirusBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
With the increasing cases of COVID-19, the death toll in Nepal has been surging of late. As of Monday, 228 people across the nation have succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection. The death rate in the nation witnessed a sudden increase as 102 cases of COVID-19 related deaths were recorded within a span of 11 days, from August 20 to August 31.
Plasma Therapy Rekindles HopeBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Introduction of convalescent plasma therapy in the treatment of COVID-19 patients has rekindled a new ray of hope in the fight against the pandemic. Although it is still under observational phase, it has shown progressive changes in the infected patients upon whom the therapy has been carried out. When a person is infected with the novel coronavirus, then his/her body creates an
Plasma therapy a ‘ray of hope’ in treating COVID-19 patientsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, various nations across the world are still striving to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus. While the vaccines are being put into trial in many laboratories across the globe, the hospitals have been using diverse methods to treat the virus infected patients with a range of anti-viral medicines and other means.
Remdesivir being used for research purpose with consent of patientsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The availability of Remdesivir, a broad-spectrum anti-viral medicine, in Nepal, has raised the hopes of curing the COVID-19 infected patients, especially those who are in critical condition. The government, however, has limited the use and distribution of the Remdesivir as the medicine is still under trial.
Remdesivir now available in Nepal to treat COVID-19 patientsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The Department of Drug Administration (DDA) under the Ministry of Health and Population has signed a consignment deal with Indian company Mylan to import Remdesivir, an antiviral injection used to treat COVID-19 patients with serious symptoms.