Lack of budget delays operation of Eastern Regional Police Hospital

Rajbiraj, May 25

Eastern Regional Police Hospital based in Saptari’s Rupani has yet to come into operation for want of necessary fund even after more than a year of its inauguration.

Then Inspector General of Police Upendrakanta Aryal in January last year had inaugurated the hospital, a three-story building constructed in an area of 2.25 bigaha land.

The market value of the land stands somewhere near 100 million rupees. The  land was donated by Jogendra Bhagat of Rajbiraj Municipality-3.

Rupani Rural Municipality chairperson Hareram Yadav organised a press conference on the hospital premises today to inform about the problems and obstacles in operating the hospital.

“We have the required manpower and equipment but there is no electricity and fund necessary to run the hospital, which is why the hospital hasn’t come into operation although it was inaugurated a year ago,” said Yadav, adding that medical equipment worth over 10 million rupees were lying useless.

Dr Ashok Giri of the hospital rued the plight of the hospital. “We have medical equipment and good infrastructure, but as the hospital is not operational, we have nothing to do at the hospital. Some 27 persons, including two doctors and one staff nurse, are employed at the hospital.

On his part, the donor of the hospital, Bhagat, blamed the negligence of the police headquarters to run the hospital long after it was inaugurated.