Growing cold aggravates health condition of quake survivors

Karnali: The survivors of Jajarkot earthquake have begun experiencing health problems in the wake of growing cold for some days.

The people bound to continue survival under the tarpaulin sheet have got little cloths to warm them in the cold. Only a blanket does not suffice to a household, as the biting cold is causing more hardship, especially for the elderly and children.

On Thursday and Friday alone, two persons lost lives. The victims were Pampha Rawal, 48, and Gopal Bahadur Rawal, 84, from Nalgad Municipality-4 of Jajarkot district.

Ward Chair Badri Pant informed that Gapal Bahadur died of asthma, while Pampha died of pneumonia.

Pampha died at Dalli municipal hospital while undergoing treatment. Panta further informed that the earthquake survivors are compelled to spend night being deprived of warm clothes. They are braving mist and chill under the tarpaulin sheet. It has resulted into aggravation of health condition among children, senior ones and those living with incurable disease.

According to him, there are 30 lactating women and 30 senior citizens suffering from incurable disease as arthritis, asthma and heart problems at ward no 4 where there are total 374 households. It has been tough to manage lactating women and people living with diseases in particular.

The children are also witnessing worsening health condition.

Doctor at Dalli municipal hospital, Bishal Uprety, informed that the number of patients suffering from fever, cold, diarrhea, heart disease and asthma was increasing in recent days. As high as 150 people are visiting with ailments nowadays, he added.

It is also reported that the quake survivors are forced to take impure water because some 50 water supply projects were damaged by the tremor in various villages, including Bagmare, Kalleri, Tiptipe, Aoul, Chatulaina and Kothigaon. Similarly, open defecation has been another problem to worsen sanitation.

Senior physician Dr Shyam BK from Nepalgunj Medical College informed that he recently returned from quake-hit area by providing treatment to some 400 patients for four days. He also informed that children and senior citizens were suffering from symptoms of pneumonia and asthma. Some the long-term patients were deprived of medicine due to damages in the houses with the tremor.

Mayor of Nalgad municipality, Dambar Bahadur Rawat, however, informed that they were continuing distribution of relief materials. “It is difficult to manage all things at once, but each household has been provided a tarpaulin and a blanket for now,” he shared.

Source: National News Agency – Nepal

Sankhuwasabha reports 1,700 plus dengue patiente

Khandbari: As many as 1,710 people have been confirmed infected with dengue in Sankhuwasabha district.

The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has expressed its concerns to the rising number of the dengue patients in this mountainous district. However, Bhotkhola and Chichila rural municipalities have not reported the dengue patients in the district.

The Division on Friday held a programme to share information on dengue control and treatment by inviting the chiefs and deputies of all 10 local levels and chiefs of health section at the district headquarters in Khandbari.

Director at the Division, Dr Rudra Marasini, urged the local levels’ representatives and health officials to proactively work to control dengue by raising awareness on public, activating school health nurse programme and mobilizing health volunteers to disseminate message on dengue control and prevention.

Likewise, Dr Marasini asked to expedite the ‘search and destroy’ campaign.

The virus spreads from the bites of mosquitoes infected with dengue virus. Infected mosquitoes bite humans especially during daytime, it is said.

The symptoms of the disease include fever, severe headache, eyeball pain, body aches, loss of appetite, joint and muscle pain, stomach and intestinal disturbances.

According to doctors, people should wear clothes that cover the whole body, sleep inside mosquito nets at day and night, and use ointment to prevent mosquito bites while working around the house and in the fields.

Source: National News Agency – Nepal

Sylhet Medical University (Amendment) Bill, 2023 passed in JS

SANGSAD BHABAN, Sylhet Medical University (Amendment)

Act, 2023 as the new name of the medical university will be Bangamata Sheikh

Fazilatunnesa Mujib Medical University, Sylhet as per the new act.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, on behalf of Health

and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, moved the bill which was

unanimously passed by voice votes with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in

the chair.

In a statement containing the purpose and reasons of the bill, the state

minister said: “Sylhet Medical University was established in Sylhet Division

as per the ‘Sylhet Medical University Act, 2018’.”

Since there is no establishment or institution in Sylhet named after

Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib, consort of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on behalf of the people of Sylhet, the

Member of Parliament for Sylhet-3 Constituency Habibur Rahman changed the

name of Sylhet Medical University to “Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib

Medical University.”

He said, in the third syndicate meeting of Sylhet Medical University, a

decision was taken to change the name of Sylhet Medical University to

“Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Medical University, Sylhet”.

According to the ‘Sylhet Medical University Act, 2018’, Sylhet Medical

University was established therefore the law of this university needs to be

amended in case of name change. Hence the ‘Sylhet Medical University

(Amendment) Act, 2023′ has been drafted.

He said, instead of the expression ‘Sylhet Medical University’ mentioned in

various sections of the ‘Sylhet Medical University Act, 2018’, instead of

Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Medical University, Sylhet’, instead of

the expression ‘Secretary’, ‘Member-Secretary’ or ‘Performing secretarial

duties ‘shall’, for the expression ‘Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-

Chancellor’, substitute ‘Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-

Chancellor’ respectively, in the proposed Act allowing for audit proceedings

to be carried out by the designated authority of the University Grants

Commission as well as the Auditor-General and the Comptroller.

The draft has been formulated.

Therefore, the bill entitled: ‘Sylhet Medical University (Amendment) Act,

2023′ has been introduced in the Parliament to amend the ‘Sylhet Medical

University Act, 2018′.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BNP’s attacks in hospital barbaric: Hasan

DHAKA, Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said BNP’s attacks on hospital, pedestrians, journalists, police and other public establishments in the name of movement is barbaric as like assault of Israeli and Pakistani occupation forces.

“BNP and Jamaat were silent after the killing of about 800 Palestinians through recent Israeli airstrikes in a hospital in Gaza. BNP’s yesterday’s attack on hospital was similar to Israeli attacks,” he said while exchanging views with reporters in his office at secretariat here.

Recalling Pakistani armed forces attack in Razarbagh police line in 1971, the minister said, BNP-Jamaat burnt down over 20 ambulances which never happened in Bangladesh by any political party in the country’s history.”

He said BNP unlashed terror at different places of Dhaka city including Kakrail, Bijoynagar and Fakirapole areas, killing a police man and injured many members of the law enforcing agencies, 21 journalists and torching about hundred public transports.

The information minister said BNP also swooped attack on residence of the Chief Justice (CJ) which never happened in the country’s 52-year history.

The chief justice is not a political person but an institution, he said adding BNP has the history of kicking on the door of the CJ’s chamber, which proved that they have no respect to judiciary.

Condemning the attacks on journalists, the minister said they (journalists) were covering the news of BNP. Heinous attack on them is tantamount to gagging media and the culprits will be brought to book, he said.

Ruling out the claim of BNP secretary general, the minister said, slain Shamim Mia was not a Jubo Dal leader and his family denied Fakhrul’s statement saying Shamim was not involved in any politics.

“Doctors said Shamim Mia died of a cardiac arrest, which means BNP is lying,” the minister said.

Hasan Mahmud said the government allowed BNP to hold the rally Saturday in their preferred place as part of its good wishes to uphold the democratic gesture. But, it is sheer true that BNP didn’t change its character, he regretted.

Hasan Mahmud said the law enforcers were forced to take step to curb the vandalism of unruly BNP activists.

Replying to a query, the minister said no genuine political party can carry out such brutality. BNP leader have to shoulder the responsibility of the killing and destruction, he said.

BNP activists joined their rally with a preparation to create anarchy and as part of their plan they locked in clash with police by hurling bombs and brickbats, he said adding that BNP leaders and activists didn’t sustained so much injury as the police have showed highest patience during the attack.

Hasan Mahmud said the government has responsibility to take legal action against the culprits to ensure peace and safety of the people and the government would take all necessary steps in this regard.

Replying to another query over the concern of the US government on Saturday’s incidents, the information minister said, “We are also expressing our deep concern and hope that the US visa policy will be executed against perpetrators of Saturday’s incidents.”

About the BNP’s hartal the minister said, now hartal is a worthless political programme which has no value to people.

“So, people have rejected the hartal keeping the life absolutely normal. Movement of public transports and public and private offices functioned normally,” he said.

About the presence of a self-proclaimed advisor of US President in a meeting of BNP at party’s Naya Paltan office yesterday, the minister said the US embassy in Dhaka and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul denied knowing any such advisor.

“According to the information from many sources the man is an Israeli agent,” the minister said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Woman die, 55 dengue patients hospitalized in 24 hrs in Ctg

CHATTOGRAM, A 41-year-old woman died and a total of 55 dengue patients were hospitalized at various hospitals in Chattogram in the last 24 hours.

The dengue control room of the district civil surgeon’s office said this afternoon that a total of 55 dengue patients were hospitalized at various hospitals in Chattogram today.

Of the total 55 patients, 36 were admitted in government hospitals and 19 in private hospitals.

The 41-year-old Madabi Das, who died of dengue in Chattogram Medical Centre hailed from Ukia Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.

Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Iliyas Chowdhury said a total of 12,207 dengue patients have been detected in Chattogram in the last ten months till October 28 this year and the number of deaths has reached 85 in Chattogram this year.

A total of 12,007 dengue patients have recovered and returned to their respective residence and 200 are undergoing treatment in different hospitals in the city and district, the sources added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

17 persons injured in a road accident in Dhading today

Malekhu: As many as 18 persons sustained injuries in four separate road accidents in Dhading on Wednesday itself.

Some 12 persons were injured when three vehicles collided nearby the Chiraudi Bridge in Galchhi rural municipality-4 along the Prithvi Highway.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the District Police Office, Dhading, Santulal Prasad Jaiswar, a bus (Ba 3 Kha 8395) en route to Kathmandu from Dhading hit a motorbike (Ba 60 Pa 4869) coming from opposite direction and it happened to collide with a car (Bagmati Province 01-028 Cha 9336) heading to Kathmandu.

Motorbike rider Jeetendra Pathak, 26, of Galchhi rural municipality in Dhading and his wife Jyoti Pathak, 25, sustained critical injuries in the accident, police said. They were referred to Kathmandu for further treatment, DSP Jaiswar shared.

Among the injured are Sunita Karki, 30, of Chandragiri rural municipality-14, his three-year-old Kritika Karki, Jib Prasad Dhamala, 73, and Dhanimaya Dhamala, 70, of Dhading Nilakahtha municipality-11.

Likewise, Khus Kumari Timilsina, 55, of Dhading Siddhalek rural municipality-1, nine-year-old Sandhya Timilsina, Rajkumari Shrestha, 44, and Som Bahadur Gurung, 43, of Nilakahtha-11 also sustained injuries in the road mishap.

Nawaraj Rijal, 45, of Thakre rural municipality-2 and his daughter Samjhana Rijal, 21, were injured in the accident according to the police.

Most the passengers of the speeding bus that suddenly met with the accident sustained injuries in their face and bodies.

Those with minor injuries are being treated in Galchhi-based Ambi Bharosa Hospital while motorbike rider and pillion rider were taken to Kathmandu for treatment.

Police took control bus driver and car driver along with all three vehicles.

This is the four road accident in Dhading today.

Earlier, a person was injured when a micro bus (Ba 4 Kha 4177) en route to Kathmandu and a car (Ba 21 Pa 6090) en route to Gajuri from Kathmandu collided at Gajuri rural municipality-6, Banchhetar.

Likewise, three persons sustained injuries when two motorbikes collided with each other in Benighat Rorang-3, Shitalbazaar while a person was injured in a motorbike accident at Salyantar of Tripurasundari rural municipality.

Source: National News Agency RSS

290 medical teams prepared to ensure healthcare during ‘Hamoon’ in Ctg

CHATTOGRAM, Around 290 medical teams, formed by

Chattogram Civil Surgeon Office, are prepared for ensuring healthcare

services to the people during and after the cyclone ‘Hamoon’.

Civil Surgeon Dr Md Ilias Chowdhury told BSS that a total of three to five

health workers are working in each team and the medical teams will provide

emergency health care to the victims during and after the disaster.

Besides, an emergency control room has also been opened by district civil

surgeon office.

Meanwhile, the leave of all the officers and employees under the Civil

Surgeon’s Office has been canceled to deal with Cyclone ‘Hamoon’.

Among the medical teams, one medical team has kept ready for each of the 200

unions of the Chattogram district, a total of 75 medical teams are working

under 14 upazila health complexes of the district.

Besides, nine medical teams have been kept in each nine urban dispensaries

and another nine medical team kept at school health clinics under the control

of the Civil Surgeon Office and five medical teams have also been working in

Chattogram General Hospital, Dr Ilias Chowdhury disclosed this in a meeting

at its office this evening.

The health department is on high alert to deal with cyclone ‘Hamoon’, the

Civil Surgeon added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Death toll in Bhairab train accident reaches 17

DHAKA, Seventeen people were killed and many others injured when a container train and a passenger train collided in Bhairab of Kishoreganj this afternoon.

“Seventeen dead bodies were so far recovered from the wreckage. Casualties could rise as the rescue operation is going on,” said Police Super of Kishoreganj Russell Sheikh.

A total of 14 units of the fire service are conducing rescue operation, said Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence media chief Shahjahan Sikder.

The government has deployed three platoons of BGB to assist the rescue operation.

A container train headed towards Chattogram collided with the Dhaka-bound Egarosindhur Express around 3.30pm today, Bhairab Railway Police Station duty officer Sirajul Islam told the media.

Meanwhile, locomaster, assistant locomaster, and guard of the freight train involved in the Bhairab collision have been suspended.

Bangladesh railway (BR) Director General Quamrul Ahsan said that they have taken the steps following preliminary investigation.

He also said the BR has formed two separate committees to investigate into the incident.

Dhaka Divisional office of Bangladesh Railway has formed a four-member committee to investigate the train accident.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha