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Number of HIV/AIDS infected declining in Jhapa

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JHAPA — The number of HIV/AIDS infected has been gradually declining in the recent years in Jhapa district. The number of HIV infected was 16 in the year 2016/17 in the district while this number was more than double (43) in 2015/16.

In the year 2016/17, 3099 men and 1,105 women underwent blood test and among them eight men and the equal number of women tested positive. Likewise, one infected died in the period, according to the Jhapa District Public Health Office’s (DPHO) programme officer, Kul Bahadur Poudel.

However, the number of HIV-infected was counted at 67 in 2014/15, 12 more than the previous year (2013/14). In the past four years (from 2013/14-2017), a total of 184 HIV infected — 103 men and 81 women — have been detected in the district. In this period of four years, four women and six men succumbed.

Presently, there are 461 HIV — 255 men and 206 women — infected in the district, according to programme officer Paudel. Among them, 457 are under the course of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

HIV test is free in all the district-based health facilities where the maternity services are available.

Others various organisations such as Diamond Society, Sahara Nepal, Amda Nepal, Laba Kusha Assam, Night Chess Club and the DPHO Jhapa are operating awareness programmes about HIV in the district.

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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