Nepal | July 21, 2019

Negligence of health workers hits patients

Himalayan News Service

Siraha, October 9

Service seekers have been deprived of health services due to the negligent attitude and lack of sense of responsibility on the part of health workers at Choharwa Health Post, in Golbazaar Municipality, Siraha.

The health post has quota for six health workers. However, health workers’ lax attitude towards regularly reporting for duty has adversely affected service seekers.

Meru Thakur, a local service seeker, said she had been visiting the health post to have sangini (a female contraceptive) administered for the past four days, but to no avail. “I wait a whole day at the health post waiting for a health worker to administer sangini, but no one ever turns up there,” Thakur said.

Another local, Sauniya Mahara, said she was tired of visiting the health post. “I have been waiting for my granddaughter’s treatment, but no one has come yet,” Mahara said, adding, “It is always the same here.”

Health Post Management Committee Chair Jagat Shrestha said they had repeatedly requested health workers to report to duty, but they had been ignoring the request.

Golbazaar Municipality Health Department Chief Pawan Kumar Panjiyar said health post chief Ganesh Shah should be ashamed of his conduct.

“I have directed him repeatedly to report to duty. He offers apology, but does not mend his ways,” Panjiyar added.


A version of this article appears in print on October 10, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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