Kathmandu, May 29
In its bid to provide free basic health services to people, the government has allocated a budget of Rs 68.78 billion for health and population sectors.
Health services will be made accessible and qualitative. It has also promised to provide reliable primary health services at local health facilities.
Grants have been increased to Rs 2.2 billion for disadvantaged citizens for treatment against eight types of diseases. Budget has been allocated for treatment of diseases like cancer, blood pressure and diabetes.
New programmes have been formulated to bring all Nepalis under insurance policy. Health insurance covering basic health services will be made available from all local health centres. A budget of Rs 6 billion has been allocated to introduce health insurance schemes in all the districts.
Necessary budget has been allocated for free tests for cervical and breast cancer among women, administering vaccine against cervical cancer and for providing safe motherhood and reproductive health services. A campaign for full immunisation will be run at ward-level.
A sum of 2.22 billion has been appropriated for new-mothers’ travel expenses. The government has also allocated a budget of six billion for Child Health and Nutrition Programme.
The government has decided to provide Rs 3,000 as transportation allowance to 52,000 female community health volunteers.
It has also allocated budget to run special programme for prevention of sickle-cell anaemia. The government has allocated Rs 1.82 billion budget to help prevent tuberculosis, AIDS and sexually transmitted disease and leprosy.
It has allocated five billion rupees to establish one primary health facility with one doctor, in each local level. The government has also allocated Rs 5.57 billion for completion of under-construction hospital buildings. Rs 1.26 billion has been allocated to upgrade 15-bed primary hospitals.
As per the policy to upgrade at least one hospital from each province to provide special services, Rs one billion has been allocated to upgrade Koshi Hospital, Bharatpur Hospital, Narayani Sub-regional Hospital, Bheri Zonal Hospital and Dadeldhura Sub-regional Hospital.
Rs 400 million has been allocated for establishment of Ramraja Prasad Singh Hospital in Rajbiraj. Budget has been allocated for the construction of infrastructure for Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre. The government has allocated budget to construct a cancer hospital in Siraha, for extended services of BP Koirala Cancer Hospital and for services related to respiratory diseases at GP Koirala National Centre.
A grant has been managed for establishment of human organ matching test at Human Organ Transplant Centre, Bhaktapur. The government has appropriated Rs 400 million for betterment of Bir Hospital.
Central Health Laboratory will be upgraded to National Diagnostic Centre. Modernised diagnostic centres will be operated in all provinces within three years. The government has put an absolute ban on smoking and drinking in public places.
The government is set to encourage ayurvedic, homeopathic, yunani, acupuncture, amchi and naturopathy treatment methods. Basic health services will be made available round the clock in primary health facilities through tele-medicine services.
Senior citizen allowance sees an increment of Rs 1,000 (up from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000).
A version of this article appears in print on May 30, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.