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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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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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