The Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Kolti of Bajura district that had started providing emergency maternity services closed operations a little over a week.

In yet another example of dismal medical services in rural Nepal, Panchakala Rokaya, 27, of Himali Rural Municipality-1, who was rushed to the PHC by her relatives, was referred elsewhere due to unavailability of services. Panchakala had first been taken to Rugin Health Post from Bichchhaya village in the district. She was referred to Kolti PHC when complications were noticed in her condition.

Primary Health Centre chief, Dr Rajuraj Jaishi said, "We had to refer the patient due to unavailability of doctor to provide emergency obstetric services."

Emergency maternity services had been initiated at the PHC during the last week of February after health professionals from Jumla-based Karnali Academy of Health Sciences were deployed there. Nirmala Chadara, 29, a resident of Khatyad Rural Municipality-10 in Mugu, had given birth to her child through a surgical procedure at the facility.

However, lack of doctors has brought the much-appreciated service to a halt.