Nepal | January 20, 2020

Hospitals operating unlawfully in Rautahat

Prabhat Kumar Jha

Rautahat, September 19

Illegal hospitals and health facilities are playing with the health of patients in Rautahat headquarters and other parts of the district. Besides, doctors working at these hospitals have yet to receive licence to practise from Nepal Medical Council.

The number of illegal hospitals is increasing, thanks to the lack of monitoring on the part of the government agencies concerned.

The provision has it that a hospital or a clinic can be established only after receiving permission from Nepal Medical Council. Surprisingly, doctors are working without permission from the council and the hospitals too do not have permission to operate.

Local social worker and youth Shambhu Suprim said that doctors from India were flourishing in rural areas of the district.

Gaur Hospital Private Limited, near District Hospital Gaur is operating without licence from Nepal Medical Council and without permission from the District Public Health Office.

Around half-a-dozen hospitals are operating illegally in Gaur alone. The number is more than two dozen in the rural parts of the district.

Dr Umesh Yadav said that the number of unlawful hospitals had gone up due to negligence on the part of regulating agencies.

District Hospital Gaur Medical Superintendent and Chief Krishna Sah said that the number of hospitals providing treatment without permission had grown rapidly in the district.

Sah said his office, by itself, could not do anything about the malpractices seen in the health sector. “We need support from all stakeholders and the centre to end wrongdoings in the health sector,” he added.

A version of this article appears in print on September 20, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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