Better health facilities for all Nepalis

Minister of state for health Mohan Bahadur Basnet, speaking at the concluding day of a 14-day free artificial limb camp organised by the Rotary club of Birgunj here, said that the government has been providing health services to the people of rural areas. Nepalis are terrified because of violence at home, Basnet said, adding that the people involved in health sector should treat the patients impartially. Lauding the contributions being made by non-governmental organisations (NGO) to the health sector, Basnet said that the government is ready to work with NGOs in extending health services to everyone, adding that the government is committed to providing quality health services to all Nepalis. However, he mentioned that the private sector should play a major role in providing medical services to those who have been injured by Maoist terrorists.On the occasion, Basnet gave away letters of commendation to various persons and institutions that had extended their cooperation in running the free artificial limb camp.He also initiated a free heart examination and medicine distribution programme jointly organised by Lions Club of Birgunj and Birgunj sub-metropolis ward no 4. Basnet said that social NGOs should continually provide services for free medical examinations and medicines to rural people.Basnet also inspected the Birgunj sub-regional hospital and acquired information about its activities. He said that a separate unit has been set up within the health ministry to improve the services of the hospital, adding that medical doctors would be transferred there in an organised manner. Stating that the government would provide all the necessary assistance to set up a cardiac centre at the hospital, Basnet said that three more doctors would be added to the quota of doctors already in the hospital. At present Birgunj sub-regional hospital has posts for 25 doctors including 11 medical officers.Parsa DDC chairman Janardan Singh Chhetri said that doctors should serve the society by providing quality service to the patients. He added the seminars of this kind would be futile unless and until doctors provide quality service to patients. At the concluding function chaired by the president of Rotary club, Birgunj, Kishore Shaha, Parsa district development committee (DDC) chairman Janardan Singh Chhetri, deputy mayor of Birgunj sub-metropolis Krishna Murari Rauniyar, president of Mahavir Sewa Sadan of Kolkata J M Mehta and a host of other speakers shed light on various aspects of health.