Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights

Kathmandu, January 15

Although the government has enforced Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, it has not been properly implemented due to lack of regulations.

Puskar Raj Nepal, joint secretary at the law section of the Ministry of Health and Population, said the ministry was working to formulate regulations under the act.

“We are collecting suggestions from stakeholders and also planning to make health facilities disabled-friendly,” he said, adding that the responsibility of managing the health sector was handed over to the local levels.

However, Chairperson of the parliamentary Education and Health Committee Jayapuri Gharti said the local levels were not much aware about the importance of health and education for the country’s development.

Gharti added that although the local levels had been allocated budget for the health and education sectors, they were focussed spending budget on construction of physical infrastructure.