Need for specialised health centres stressed

Bhaktapur, October 8:

Minister for Health and Population Giri Raj Mani Pokhrel today stressed on the need to establish specialised centres for treatment of different diseases.

Inaugurating the waiting house constructed on the premises of the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, to mark its eighth anniversary, Pokhrel said, “Specialised hospitals are needed in Nepal so that people don’t have to go to foreign countries for treatment.”

He said BCH could be established as specialised centre for cancer care. There are many donors interested to support Nepal for establishing specialised hospitals but lack of strong leadership to handle the overall management of such hospitals is affecting the establishment, he said.

“Health service is the fundamental right of every Nepali and proper health service is the responsibility of the state,” he said, adding: “Citizens should be aware of their right and the state should be always willing to provide health services any time any where.” Speaking at the programme, Dr Rajendra Baral, director of the BCH, said the hospital is operating with a vision to make it a centre of excellence.