HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
NEPALGUNJ: Many patients of mid-western region have been stranded as the Nepalgunj-based Bheri Zonal Hospital, biggest hospital of the region, discontinued surgical treatments due to scarcity of doctors.
Surgery facilities have been stopped for the last 17 days as the anesthetic doctor Dr Nirmal Gyawali resigned from the hospital. Patients, mostly would-be mums, have been compelled to visit private hospitals for their treatment.
Hospital chief Dr Narandra Raya informed that the surgery facility has been stopped due to the lack of anesthetic doctors. He said, “How can we operate the patient without anesthetic doctor?”, adding, “I have frequently informed the Ministry about it. All that we get is the Ministry’s assurance. I do not know when it will send a doctor.”
Dr Raya said that they were compelled to stop the facility when Dr Nirmal Gyawali resigned without giving a prior notice. Since then we have no replacement so far.
Everyday patients from Tarai region along the Hills visit the hospital, but nowadays they are referred to other private hospitals for operations. Dr Raya said, “There are other doctors in the hospital save an anesthetic doctor.”
Surgery facilities would only resume after the concerned doctor joins the hospital. For the last two weeks over 300 beds are lying vacant as there are no patients in the maternity department. Till recently the hospital used to conduct more than half a dozen surgeries daily.