Women keep public health above Teej celebration, Dar partiesBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Haritalika Teej, the fasting festival of Hindu women, is right around the corner but due to the fear of COVID-19 looming around us, huge pre-celebrations of the festival were not noticed this year. In the previous years, Nepali women used to host parties, called Dar, months before the festival. Teej special songs, dances, and pictures of women in dazzling red attire used to flood the social media platforms during the Teej season. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly muted all the Dar parties that...
Wearing masks makes a big difference to fight coronavirusBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the entire world has been in a battle against an invisible enemy. As vaccines against the novel coronavirus are still in developing stage, the world is left to fight the bug without any dependable ammunition.
Go For Pooled TestingBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The daily national COVID-19 tally is now hovering around 500 cases, signifying that the threat of virus has spread across the nation. Infection rate in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur has increased alarmingly. Mostly the frontline workers such as police personnel, health workers and volunteers have been detected with the virus infection in the Valley. Some cases of community transmission of the virus have also been sensed, as many patients, who visit the hospitals for their routine check-ups,...
Breastfeeding vital to boost infant’s immunityBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Binu Chhetri, 31, a new mother, was worried about how she would get her baby delivered without contracting the virus and without affecting her child's health. "After the COVID-19 wrecked the world, I became very panicky about visiting hospital as hospitals are at high risk of being contaminated with the virus. I even consulted my doctor regarding it," said Chhetri. "My doctor said that breastfeeding was the key to boost immunity of infants. He said that I would keep...
Mama’s local tea stall at Basantapur thrives on consistencyBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
With the end of 120-day long nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, life is finally moving back to normalcy. Resumption of offices, works and business has ended the 'at-home' vacation and the ever so busy Kathmandu Valley, which had been wearing a deserted look ever since the lockdown started, has finally begun bustling with people and vehicles.
Misogynist Attitude!By Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
Few weeks ago, a picture of a woman sitting on the pillion of a government-plated motorcycle took over the social media. Many ‘educated’ men holding prestigious positions were found sharing the picture, gloriously abashing the female on the motorcycle. Memes, trolls and negative comments started t
Threat May Not Be OverBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The government has finally decided to lift the lockdown restrictions imposed since March 24, to curb the spread of COVID-19. During the first few days of lockdown, there were only two active cases of the virus infection. After 120 days, Nepal has observed over 18,000 COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths.
Women disregard virus scare to get their hands painted with hennaBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
With the beginning of the holy month of Shrawan, women are seen exhibiting their devotion to Lord Shiva by wearing green, visiting temples and putting henna on their hands, despite the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
‘COVID-19 has no community transmission in Kathmandu’By Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
The ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) confirmed 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. In 4,688 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests done in the last 24 hours, 101 persons were found positive for the virus, informed Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson of the ministry in the daily press briefing today.
Reopen SchoolsBy Sampada Anuranjanee Khatiwada
With all the offices and service delivery points being opened after the government decided to ease the lockdown, people’s life is finally moving back to normalcy. All sectors, including government offices, private offices, construction sectors, and developmental projects among others, are reopening and business and the schools and colleges are also considering to resume their operation.