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    The proposed lead-free petrol programme of Sri Lanka's central environmental authority (CEA) to check air pollution, especially in Colombo, has been postponed. According to official sources, the

  • Nepal



    Viral encepha-litis, a mosquito-borne disease, has taken its toll in southwestern parts of Nepal during this year's monsoon. The disease, which broke out in the first week of July, has already

  • 'Increase taxes on tobacco products'

    Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance (BATA) yesterday urged the government to increase taxes on the tobacco products in the coming budget to check the massive use of tobacco in the country. "Taxes on all tobacco products including dried tobacco leaves, 'gul' and 'zarda' have to be increased for effectively controlling the use of tobacco,' said Consumer's Association of Bangladesh (CAB) General Secretary Kazi Faruk at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club.

  • Percentage of diabetic patients increasing alarmingly

    About 5.6 per cent of the country's adults and a large number of children are suffering from diabetes, and the number of diabetic patients is increasing alarmingly with more than 20,000 new patients in a year. According to the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, various causes increase the prevalence of diabetes, while unbalanced food habit, lack of physical exercise, regular intake of energy-dense fast food and soft drinks are mainly blamed for diabetes. According to the data available at the association, 22,559 new patients of diabetes were registered in financial year 2005-2006, 22,324 in 2004-2005, 21,462 in 2003-2004, 20,883 in 2002-2003, 20,607 in 2001-2002 and 17,045 in 2000-2001. A total of 3,57,418 patients were registered in financial year 2005-2006, 3,34,859 in 2004-2005, 3,12,535 in 2003-2004, 2,91,073 in 2002-2003, 2,70,190 in 2001-2002 and 2,49,587 in 2000-2001, according to the association's data. Such patients were registered with the DAB-run BIRDEM hospitals in Dhaka, 13 national healthcare network centres in the city, 10 diabetic healthcare development centres and 56 affiliated bodies across the country. The DAB president, AK Azad Khan, told New Age on Wednesday

  • Diabetes Awareness Day observed

    The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh on Thursday observed Diabetes Awareness Day to mark its 52nd founding anniversary. Experts, at a question-answer session, said some cautious food habits, physical exercise, quitting smoking and reducing mental stress could reduce the risk to diabetics. The association president, AK Azad Khan, said people should be aware that diabetes sometimes leads to kidney failure and other complications that might cause death. Founded by National Professor Mohammad Ibrahim, the non-profit voluntary socio-medical organisation started its journey on this day in 1956 to provide diabetic patients with basic health care. The association observed the day at all its 13 national healthcare networks, 10 diabetic healthcare development centres and 56 affiliated bodies across the country. The DAB brought out a procession from Manik Mia Avenue early morning. It also provided free check-ups for detecting diabetes at different places including the Bangladesh National Museum, National Press Club, New Market, Mohammadpur Town Hall, Lalbagh and NHN and DHDC centres across the country.

  • 20 villagers fall sick from unknown diseases

    Panic gripped the people of two villages in Bera after at least 20 people fell sick from unknown diseases yesterday. They were rushed to Bera Upazila Health Complex and given treatment. Receiving information, Pabna civil surgeon and a medical team from the district headquarters rushed to the spot and treated the patients. They also visited the homes of the patients at Chakla and Panchuria villages, sources said. When contacted, an official of Bera Health Complex said some 10 or 12 patients were admitted to the hospital but the doctors could not diagnose the disease.

  • An affordable answer to arsenic dangers

    Parvin Khaleda . Back from Sirajdikhan, Munshiganj When dark spots had started appearing on Robeda Begum's hands and feet nine years back, members of her family even stared at her with doubts. Some of the neighbours distanced themselves from her as they took the lesions as symptoms of some contagious disease. Initially, this was the attitude towards people with arsenic-related ailments until the disease and its cure were unknown to them. Massive awareness over the years changed the people's attitude towards aersenicosis patients and alerted them to the danger of arsenic poisoning.

  • Only 39 percent use improved sanitation system

    Although the country has attained 85 percent sanitation coverage, few people are using sanitary latrines, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.

  • Basic preventive measures can reduce Nipah virus attack

    Basic preventive measures like hand washing, not sharing beds or food, and minimizing the number of contacts can limit person to person transmission of Nipah virus.

  • Mosquito menace makes life difficult in capital

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