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Bharatpur Hospital buys Rs 300 million worth of medical equipment

Patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital

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CHITWAN  — Bharatpur Hospital has bought 32 types of new medical and other appliances worth around Rs 300 million.

Most of the purchased equipment have arrived while efforts are underway to bring the rest, said medical superintendent of the Hospital Dr Rudra Marasini.

As a result, patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital.

The process to buy the equipment took forward after the Ministry of Health ensured budget to the hospital for the same through the Finance Ministry.

A total of 12 sets of equipment necessary for kidney dialysis have been installed, Dr Marasini said, adding that the service will be provided at the hospital after a week.

So far only two medical colleges have been providing dialysis service in the district. Likewise, a 128-slice CT scanner has also been installed.

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Other purchased equipment include five medical ventilators, laboratory equipment, an x-ray machine, two ultrasound machines, four anaesthetic machines, a freezer with capacity to store 15 corpses at a time and a washing machine.

The purchase was made following due process as per the existing laws, Dr Marasini said.

Approximately 200,000 patients from the district and neighbouring areas receive treatment at the hospital annually, said Chairman of the Hospital Development Committee Raj Kumar Rajbhandari.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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