Saturday 24th September 2022

World patient safety day: Government committed for health workers’ safety and incentives

Kathmandu, Sept 17, Minister for Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal has expressed full commitment of the government to protect the citizens from the pandemic and also enable an environment for the health workers to provide service with security and incentives.

In a message delivered on the 2nd World Patients Safety Day today, Minister Dhakal urged one and all to create a further safe and respectful working environment while extending thanks to the individuals and civil society organizations pitching for the safety and dignity of the health workers.

‘Safe health worker: safe patient’ has been set as the slogan of the day this year. The day is being celebrated on September 17 every year. Noting that 72 percent of the coronavirus-infected have recovered and 379 have already lost their lives to the virus in Nepal, the minister extended tribute to the deceased and wished for the speedy recovery of the infected patients.

“I urge the general public to cooperate in the campaign of mandatorily abiding by the global norms and public health protocols issued by the Nepal government for the protection of entire families and communities”, stated the message.

Minister Dhakal also called for all health workers to apply their skills and competencies to the fuller extent for the prevention and control of the transmission. RSS

Action sought against educational institutions charging high fees for online classes

Kathmandu, Sept 16, Thirteen student organisations have demanded the bodies concerned to take action against educational institutions charging high fees in the name of online classes.

A meeting of those organisations took the decision, urging the bodies concerned to take action against the private schools and campuses charging high fees in the name of online classes, said RC Lamichhane of All Nepal National Free Students Union.

The meeting also requested to run examinations of grade 12, regular and postponed exams of campuses and university by preparing criteria and plan to conduct examinations.

The student organisations asked the government to create environment conducive for resuming teaching learning activities in all schools, campuses and university by adopting necessary health security measures as alternative learning system has not been found effective and COVID-19 would not come under control immediately.

The meeting also decided to demand the government announce relief package for stranded students, poor communities and make arrangement of salary to teachers and staffs working in private schools. The organisations also called for investigation into irregularities and corruption said to taken place in course of purchasing medicine to control COVID-19 and the arrangement of quarantines.

It has been requested to appoint office bearers at the Pokhara University, the Nepal Sanskrit University and the Agriculture and Forestry University through open competition, said Lamichhane. The meeting demanded that scholarship amounts be doubled and implemented after making scientific and practical standards.

Stating that students have been deprived of admission to government schools by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training enrolling students based on GPA, the meeting demanded a provision to have 80 per cent enrolment from government schools and 20 per cent from private ones.

Expressing concerns about a 50 per cent increment in transport fare following the removal of lockdown, the students unions have demanded a scrap of the transport fare increment and an implementation of concession in transport fare for students, he said. The meeting also demanded that the government controls inflation and black marketeering. The meeting was attended by chairpersons of 13 different student unions.

Government places high priority to child rights, says Minister Gurung

Kathmandu, Sept 14, Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Parbat Gurung said the government has placed high emphasis on the protection of child rights from policy, legal and structural fronts.

In a message delivered on the occasion of the National Children’s Day, Minister Gurung noted that the campaign of building ‘street children free country’ has been intensified to protect the rights of poor and helpless children. “A zero tolerance policy has been adopted against any forms of violence meted out against children.

The government is firmly committed to book the perpetrators involved in the violence against children. Necessary arrangement has been made for strong collaboration among the local, state and federal governments to that end”, reads the message.

Nepal has ratified and implemented over 16 international instruments related to children including the United Nations Conventions on Child Rights, International Declaration and SAARC-level Declarations. He further said the government has made necessary investment to make the children as competent citizen of the country so as to realize the national resolution of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’.

He also called for all the sides concerned to work with further enthusiasm for the protection of child rights taking it as a shared responsibility. “I urge the teachers and guardians including all the sides concerned to remain sensitive towards the possible vulnerable situation of children getting into ‘digital addiction’ due to critical circumstances stemming from the COVID-19.

He also extended his best wishes for engrossing efforts towards building child friendly society. This year’s National Children’s Day is being celebrated with the slogan ‘Assurance of child rights in crisis, our shared responsibility’.

146 Nepali migrant workers repatriated via charter flights

Kathmandu, Sept 12, A total of 146 Nepali migrant workers were repatriated via charter flights from Bahrain today. These people were stranded in various places of Bahrain due to COVID-19 outbreak and its effect in their job settlement.

According to Nepali Ambassador to Bahrain, Padam Sundas, 145 Nepali migrant workers who were in the country on leave but stranded for long due to the halt of international flights were also sent back to Bahrain to resume the job.

Sundas added that about 1,300 Nepali migrant workers lost their jobs in Bahrain after hotels and restaurants were shut down due to pandemic. He also informed that the embassy was working out to send Nepalis back home and to Bahrain as per their wish.

A large number of Nepali migrant workers were found aspiring to return to Nepal and they would be sent home soon, according to the ambassador.

Buddha Air bags TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for third consecutive year

Kathmandu, Sept 11, Buddha Air has won the ‘TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, 2020′ for the third consecutive year for its excellent service in operating mountain flights.

TripAdvisor, the world’s famous travel website, has set up the award. The airline is the only one air service provider in Nepal to bag the award. It operates half a dozen mountain flights and 100 domestic flights on a daily basis. It has 11 ATR aircraft and two Beechcrafts.

It operates flights to 13 destinations including Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Tumlingtar, Janakpur, Simara, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi, Surkhet-Biratnagar-Tumlingtar and Pokhara-Bhairahawa.

In 2018, TripAdvisor put Kathmandu, the federal capital city of Nepal, in world’s best destinations to visit. Likewise in 2019, Kathmandu was placed in world’s best tourist destination list.

HURPES says no abuse to COVID-19 frontline workers

Kathmandu, A protest rally was taken out here today against rising abuse and threats to medicos, the frontline health workers in the battle against the deadly virus, in different parts of the country.

The Human Rights and Peace Society ( HURPES) this morning staged the demonstration, seeking people’s respect to medical/ health workers, cooperation with security forces, protection of media workers and manifestation of goodwill during the crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants of the demonstration sought action against those involved in the abuse of COVID-19 frontline workforce. Society chair Uttam Pudasaini, advisor Homkant Chaulagain and Society Kathmandu chapter chair Jagannath Pudasaini spoke the need of lending cooperation to the efforts launched from health, security and media sectors to contain the pandemic.

They urged one and all to acknowledge the contributions of the workforce associated with these above mentioned sensitive areas in the battle against virus and cooperate with them, giving them due respect.

Over one-and-a-half dozen of human rights activists joined the demonstration. As Society chair Pudasaini said, safety measures and social distancing were taken during the demonstration. RSS

NAC aircraft off to Dubai to bring stranded travelers

Kathmandu, The Nepalis left stranded in Dubai airport after a chartered flight was cancelled will be brought home today. A wide body aircraft A-330 of Nepal Airlines left for Dubai this morning and is scheduled to return with the passengers at 4:15 in the afternoon.

The NAC aircraft with more than 260 passengers will arrive from Dubai to Kathmandu this afternoon, said NAC spokesperson Archana Khadka. The NAC’s scheduled flight on August 18 had been cancelled by the government citing lack of quarantine facility for the incoming passengers. As a result, the NAC aircraft returned to Kathmandu empty, leaving the passengers stranded in the airport.

Following widespread criticism including by the affected passengers, the cabinet decided to allow a rescue flight to bring them home. The government has also decided to resume regular international flights starting September 1. However, only Nepali nationals, diplomatic staffers, UN staffers from the countries with easy PCR facility for Corona Virus testing will be allowed to come to Nepal in the flights.

Chartered flights will continue from other countries, as per the recommendation of the concerned diplomatic mission. According to Tribhuvan International Airport Manager Devendra KC, four flights are scheduled for today to bring Nepalis from different countries.