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Medical Laboratory Association urges labs not to charge high for dengue test

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RUPANDEHI — The Medical Laboratory Association Nepal (MeLAN) in Rupandehi has urged the medical labs operated in the district to not charge high for dengue test.

The Association took the move while acting on growing public complaints that medical labs have been charging high to the patients for dengue test.

Dozens of people in the district are suffering from dengue in Rupandehi district lately.

Issuing a press statement, MeLAN Rupandehi Chairperson Gunanidhi Khanal informed that an official decision was taken to charge only Rs 1,000 for a dengue test.

Likewise, it was a rumour that there was shortage of kit used for dengue test, stated the press statement.

“Kit is adequately available at health facilities and labs for dengue test,” read the statement.

Medical Superintendant of Lumbini Zonal Hospital, Butwal, Krishna Khanal, informed that so far 170 people have been confirmed positive for dengue in the hospital.

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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