Space crunch hits patients at Paropakar maternity hospital

Kathmandu, September 11 

Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Thapathali, added 20 new beds keeping in view the increasing flow of patients. However, patients are still facing space crunch at the hospital.

The 2015 earthquake destroyed the old building of the hospital. Since then, the hospital has been facing space crunch and having difficulty managing the flow of patients that keeps on increasing every year. Space crunch has hit the patients very hard— some patients have to receive treatment on the floor.

“We have converted the store room into a general ward, where we have kept 20 beds. Now we have managed beds even in the corridor,” said Amir Babu Shrestha, Director of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital. “On an average, 90 patients come to the hospital seeking delivery service. After adding 20 new beds, the number of beds available at the hospital has gone up to 362,” said Ranu Thapa, chief administrator at the hospital.

Thapa informed that adding just 20 beds would not solve the problem, the hospital still needed a large number of beds to manage the flow of the patients. She said, “Beds have been kept in the corridor due to lack of space in the wards.”