Hospital faces doc crisis

SANKHUWASABHA: Chief of District Health Office Sankhuwasabha has remained absent from duty for a month. Chuman Lal Das went to Biratnagar to attend a seminar last month and has not returned yet.

Also a doctor at District Hospital Khandbari, the absence of Das, along with two others, has left the patients flocking to the health facility high and dry. More than 150 patients visit the hospital every day. The tenure of Dr Ajit Thapa has expired while Dr Susan Bhattarai has gone to the capital, resulting to the absence of all the three doctors.

Dr Sandeep Adhikari has been called from Primary Health Centre Chainpur to treat the stranded patients in the district headquarters. His absence in his place of deployment has affected the patients of 14 VDCs.