HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today urged the private sectors to commit themselves to providing quality medical services in the country.
“As the country is economically not sound, the government alone has not been able to provide quality health service to its citizens,” said Prime Minister Nepal at a service exchange inauguration programme between Norvic International Hospital and Medanta Medicity, one of the leading hospitals in India.
Nepal said the government was working to provide affordable health services to its people as the state was responsible for providing the citizens with health services as health is the fundamental right of the people.
PM Nepal went on to say that though the country was gradually making a progress in the health sector, it still has to go a long way to make health services accessible to every citizen.
The prime minister also voiced his concern about the advertisements that are attracting patients to foreign countries even as the similar services are available in the country.
Norvic Hospital Chairperson Basant K Chaudhary said the cutting-edge technology of Medanta with proper patient care at Norvic enables the Nepali people to be confident about getting critical care facilities in the country.
He informed that Medanta will be taking care of extremely critical patients until services matching with that of Medanta are available at Norvic.
However, the post-treatment and follow-ups of such cases would be handled at Norvic itself with a high degree of efficiency, added Chaudhary.
On his part, Minister for Education Sarbendra Nath Shukla said huge money was going abroad as thousands of students are studying medicine in foreign countries.
“The country is facing brain drain as well as economic drain,” said the minister, adding that there should be quality education in the country.
The students who returned from study in foreign countries have failed to pass the medical entrance tests conducted by Nepal Medical Council, said the minister and added that the medical colleges within the country are also imparting quality education at present.
Shukla appreciated that Norvic was providing critical care facilities and preventing people from going overseas with a huge amount of money.
On the occasion, Prime Minsiter Nepal honoured Chairman of Medanta Dr Naresh Trehan.
The prime minister also released a book on healthy lifestyle penned by Dr Bharat Rawat.