Nepal | May 22, 2019

Ambulances lying idle

Himalayan News Service
idle ambulance

An ambulance lying idle for want of maintenance at Tante Health Post of Budhigandaki Municipality, Bajura, on Monday. Photo: THT

Bajura, May 6

Two ambulances of Budhiganga Municipality, Bajura, have gone dysfunctional due to lack of maintenance.

Nepal Red-cross Society Bahrabisa Sub-chapter and Tante Health Post had started operating the ambulances.

However, the ambulances have become inoperational for many months as no one has paid attention to their maintenance.

An ambulance operated by Bahrabisa Red-Cross sub-chapter was donated by the Indian government while the other ambulance operated by Tante Health Post was donated by lawmaker Dabal Shah from the Parliament development fund.

Health Coordinator of Budhiganga Municipality Dipak Shah said patients are facing problems reaching health facilities due to lack of ambulance. Locals said that the ambulances were lying idle due to weakness on the part of the management.

“How can the ambulances of Bahrabisa sub-chapter be operated without financial viability,” said Ward No 10 Chairman Dharma Raj Jaisi of Budhiganga Municipality.

The municipality had offered Rs one lakh for maintenance of the ambulance operated by Bahrabisa Red-cross Sub-chapter and Rs five lakh for maintenance of the ambulance operated by Tante Health Post last year. But the ambulances again went dysfunctional after some months.

Prem Thapa, chairman of Bahrabisa Red-cross Sub-chapter said the ambulances could not be maintained properly due to lack of budget.

Meanwhile, Mayor Dipak Bikram Shah of the municipality said the municipality could not offer money for maintenance of the ambulances frequently.

A version of this article appears in print on May 07, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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