Hospital drawing more patients

Dadeldhura, March 30

The Dadheldhura-based sub-regional hospital has seen an encouraging increase in the number of patients visiting the health facility in recent days.

The hospital, which was set up around two years ago, had failed to appeal to patients earlier because of poor service and lack of doctors.

“We have managed to turn the hospital around through proper management and formation of the hospital management committee a year ago,” the hospital’s medical director and senior gynaecologist Dr Nawaraj Joshi said. Dr Joshi also added that the hospital now sees over 100 patients daily.

Although the hospital used to provide parturition service in the early days, the service had to be discontinued last year because of a lack of doctors. However, the service was resumed after a gynaecologist was hired. “We see six to seven patients who come to deliver their babies here every day now. When necessary, we also conduct caesarean sections here itself,” said Dr Joshi.

The hospital has even drawn patients from mid-western districts, such as Kailali. “We have been able to provide quality health service at affordable prices, drawing patients from other districts and regions,” said hospital management committee Chairperson Laxman Budha Eir.

The hospital now also has an intensive care ward for newborn infants, where they can be looked after for up to 28 days after birth.