BPKIHS begins open heart surgery service

ITAHARI: Heart patients from the eastern Nepal and neighbouring state of Bihar in India need not go to Kathmandu or the Indian capital New Delhi for open heart surgery as this facility is now available at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in Dharan, Sunsari.

The BPKIHS has started providing the surgery service after 22 years of the health facility's establishment, the BPKIHS Vice-Chancellor Balbhadra Prasad Das said.

Das said it was possible to provide the surgery surgery after Dr Lokesh Jaiswal of the Institute returned completing MCH degree in cardiothoracic surgery from the AIIMS Hospital in New Delhi.

The institute had been urging the government since some years back to provide additional financial assistance for starting special treatment services.

Das said the Institute would provide advanced specialist services by setting up Cardio CATH Lab, ultrasound equipment, modular CATH Lab and Operation Theatre along with a special treatment room at the Institute's premises with Rs 200 million assistance that the government has decided to provide to it.

The Institute had been demanding with the government to provide Rs 450 million for upgrading the Institute's services.

With this, patients now can undergo advanced heart surgeries including padeocardiac surgery and by-pass surgery under a single roof. Before this, heart patients with complicated condition were referred to other hospitals for treatment.