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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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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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