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48 districts get full immunisation status

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ROLPA — Full immunisation has been guaranteed in forty-eight districts of the country. This information was shared at a programme organised in district headquarters Libang, on Monday, to declare Rolpa district as achieving this status.

Minister for Social Development of Province 5 government, Sudarshan Baral, declared that Rolpa had joined the league of districts where full immunisation has been guaranteed.

He highlighted the importance of immunisation for improving the health condition of citizens. The provincial government minister said only healthy citizens could contribute meaningfully to country’s development.

Rolpa was declared achieving the status of ‘full immunisation’ as all children below the age of 15 months in the district have been administered 11 various immunisation shots as per the immunisation schedule.

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With this, Rolpa has achieved 95 per cent immunisation, Chief of District Public Health Office, Dr Sushil Acharya, said on the occasion.

Representative of the Department of Health Services, Basanta Shrestha, said on the occasion that all 77 districts of the country would be declared ‘district with full immunisation’ within 2018.

Meanwhile, Baglung has also been declared as achieving the status of ‘district with full immunisation’. This announcement was made at a programme organised in the district headquarters on Monday.

On the occasion, Minister for Social Development of Gandaki Province, Naradevi Pun Magar, provincial assembly members, people’s representatives of local bodies, political party chiefs of the district, among other officials signed on a pledge to make Baglung continue with the status.

Similarly, Lahan Municipality in Siraha district has been declared ‘municipality achieving full immunisation’ amidst a programme in Lahan on Monday.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

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“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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