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HOTC performs kidney transplantation on 386 patients

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BHAKTAPUR — Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC) in Bhaktapur has performed kidney transplantation on 386 patients so far.

The Centre came into operation in April 23, 2012. During the past nine months alone, the Centre has transplanted kidneys on 104 patients, shared the Centre’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha.

He also said that the Centre provides haemodialysis service to over 100 patients on a daily basis under its 24-hour service.

Director Shrestha further informed that the Centre has successfully transplanted kidney received from a brain-dead person for the first time in Nepal, has performed successful liver transplant, along with providing Endoscopic Ultrasound service to the patients – first of its kind at a government health facility.

The Centre has increased its services with a rise in number of kidney patients. At the same time, it is also launching open heart surgery service for the first time in Bhaktapur in the near future, according to Dr Shrestha.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on January 1, 2018 took the decision to change the Centre’s name to Dharmabhakta Human Organ Transplant Centre.

Dr Shrestha added that the name on the board of the Centre will be changed once they receive the circular from the Ministry of Health.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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