HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: The severe heat wave in the east has led to a surge in the number of people suffering from summer-related diseases.
Government and private health facilities are brimming with people seeking treatment for malaria, pneumonia, fever, common cold, typhoid and snakebites.
Of late, the number of people visiting medical facilities has doubled in all 926 health centres including 103 nursing homes, district hospitals and primary health posts, said Directorate of Regional Health Dhankuta.
“About 1,500 patients are visiting health centres every day, while the number used to be around 700 in the past, said Information and Administrative Officer Narayan Dahal of Nobel Medical College, Biratnagar. .
According to the Regional Health Directorate, private and government health centres are facing shortage of hospital beds. The 700 government owned beds and 3,000 beds in private health centres are not enough. Patients are being treated on the floor, benches and stretchers.
Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Umakanta Jha of Biratnagar-based Koshi Zonal Hospital said the hospitals are having a hard time with patient pressure mounting and low number of health workers.
“We are preparing to send medicine and health workers to remote health centres located in hilly areas,” Eastern Regional Health Director Ramdhan Meheta said.