Test flight at Tarigaon Airport

Sita Air has conducted a test flight at the Tarigaon airport located in Tulsipur sub-metropolitan city-12 of Dang.

Sita Air’s 19-seater aircraft with call sign A-AJH landed at the airport on Friday. Landing of the plane was tested from both the west and east side. Captain Rabindra Dangol, who carried out the test flight, said it was easy to land the plane from both sides.

Dangol said some tall trees, water tanks as well as increased bird activity are likely to pose challenges for take-off and landing at the airport, which needs to be addressed.

Rajendra Bahadur Singh of Sita Air said that the regular flights shall take place only after the detailed report about the test flight is received.

Mayor of Tulsipur sub-metropolitan city, Tikaram Khadka, said regular flights will end the compulsion of having to go to Nepalgunj and Bhairahawa for flights.

Presently, Nepal Airlines Corporation is flying to Tulsipur four days a week. A fuel depot has also been established at the Tarigaon airport. Fares are expected to decrease with the operation of private airlines.

Meanwhile, efforts are also being made to expand the existing runway, which is 750 meters long and 30 meters wide.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

16 districts of Nepal yet to be leprosy free

A total of 16 districts in the country are yet to be free of leprosy. According to information shared at a programme organised to mark the 70th World Leprosy Day here on Friday, the 16 districts are Jhapa, Morang, Siraha, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Parasi, Rupandehi, Banke, Bardia, Kailali, Kanchanpur and Achham.

The event was hosted by Anandawan Hospital located in Lele of Godavari Municipality-5, Lalitpur, Speaking at the programme, Director of the Leprosy Mission Nepal, Shobhakar Kandel said that two thousand to three thousand new leprosy patients are found every year and stressed that people from all walks of life should work together for a leprosy-free Nepal.

He also lauded residents of Godavari Municipality Ward No. 5 and 6 for allowing to establish a leprosy hospital in their locality 66 years ago.

Chief expert of Department of Health Leprosy Control and Disability Management Unit, Dr Prashanna Napit, said last year there were patients of leprosy in 11 districts which has increased to 16 districts this year. “Patients of this disease have been seen especially in Tarai district with dense settlements and open borders with India “, he said.

On the occasion, Mayor of Godavari Gajendra Maharjan said it is necessary to raise public awareness to control leprosy, which can be eradicated.

Deputy Mayor Muna Adhikari said that students could become an important means of spreading public awareness about the disease in the society.

Chief of Lalitpur District Public Health Office, Dr Satish Bista, said that after the corona virus pandemic the number of patients of the disease has increased in Lalitpur district as well.

The Anandawan Hospital has been operating since it was established in 1957 with the financial support of the Leprosy Mission International. It is a leprosy specialist hospital run by the Leprosy Mission Nepal since 2005.

Source: National News Agency Nepal