From The Nepali Press
Rajdhani, 4 December
FROM ISSUE #276 (09 DEC 2005 - 15 DEC 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The only children's hospital in Nepal, Kanti Children's Hospital, has closed its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and has stopped registering child patients at PICU (the treatment unit for serious illnesses) and NICU (the unit for newborns). This has caused alarm among the medical personnel, who have warned the move could lead to the deaths of many children. Hospital officials told the medical staff the action was taken for \'sanitation reasons' but the staff allege there is more to this than meets the eye. The Ministry of Health said it is not aware of such a decision and that it will investigate the matter. Most of the children who visit the ICU need treatment for meningitis, poisoning and pneumonia.