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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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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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