Lack of infrastructure hampers cancer treatment

MORANG: The cancer treatment, which started a year ago at the Koshi Zonal Hospital, in Biratnagar has been unable to continue effectively in absence of essential infrastructure.

The hospital had taken the decision to start the service in order to facilitate the patients in the eastern region, but the doctors are finding it hard to run the service due to lack of proper infrastructure.

"We are worried as to how to run the services," said cancer disease specialist, Dr Saugat Paudel. "Despite the problem, we have been giving service to around 300 patients a year," he added.

Many of the patients are recommended to Bharatpur in Chitwan due to lack of equipment and human resources.

The hospital receives cancer patients from Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Ilam, Dhankuta and Taplejung.

Hospital's Medical Superintendent Roshan Pokharel spoke of plans to develop the necessary infrastructure. "We have asked for

"We have asked for budget; we will develop the infrastructure once it is approved," he said.