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My Day Out

Doctor's Day out!

Sunday, August 24th was the day when I along with a bunch of health workers headed towards East from Dharan with the aim of setting a series of 'health camps' in the flood victims' camps. 12 Doctors and half a dozen nursing staffs had no idea what working conditions we had to expect in the camps.
The open space in front of the Inaruwa District Hospital had lots of jeeps and buses having banners of  NGOs, INGOs and few private corporates. We joined the mass. We went there because we needed some more syrups and tablets from the District Health Office. Though our 'needed' list and the supply from the office didn't match, after spending an hour or so, we rode the bus to Bhokraha, a village nearby, where our team was asked to concentrate.
After a ride for around 5 kilometers on the highway, we headed north through a rough road. Our moderator told us that we had to visit 3 camps, a primary school, a secondary school and a 'muslim' community…

HIV/AIDS: FAQ

Q. What is HIV ?
HIV is Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, (a disease of humans where there is deficiency of immunity). It is a RNA virus. It is a special kind because it forms DNA from RNA (generally RNA is formed from DNA), this is due to the presence of the enzyme called reverse transcriptase.
HIV belongs to the 'retrovirus' family, so the therapy against this virus is called 'anti-retroviral therapy.'


Q. Then what is AIDS ? AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome which means a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Since the immune system is the main 'defense' of the body against the infections, the person with damaged immunity because of HIV are more prone to develop various infections and cancers. Many bacterias, viruses and fungi, which rarely infect normal human beings can easily infect the patients in AIDS due to HIV.
So, a person who has recently been infected wi…