Docs’ body to help injured Terai protesters

Kathmandu, February 6:

The Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has decided to provide relief of Rs 50,000 to Rs 25,000 depending upon the condition of the people who were injured in the Terai protests and are undergoing treatment.

“We have not been able to finalise the modality for the purpose but the money will be sent at the earliest so that the injured protesters would get benefit,” said Dr Kiran Shrestha, general secretary of NMA.

He said it has still not been decided how the payment will made but we have collected information on the injured who are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Kathmandu valley.

Medical delegates from NMA today visited Bir Hospital to collect information about the injured patients.

Around 21 injured patients are admitted in Bir Hospital while two are admitted in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. It is estimated that around Police and Army hospitals must have been treating to at least 10 patients.

“We got the information that most of the patients have been receiving medicine from the hospital medical store in credit and it will be reimbursed if necessary,” said Dr Shrestha.

He also informed that NMA has requested its member doctors to fulfill the duty responsibly especially during the time of crises. NMA might sponsor a fund of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to each patient depending on the need especially for the surgery and medicines, Dr Shrestha said.