Free NICU service in Bharatpur Hospital

CHITWAN: The Bharatpur Hospital is set to offer the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) service for free of charge from Sunday.

The NICU service which is already in operation will be offered free coinciding with 54th anniversary of the hospital, said the chairman of the hospital management committee Raj Kumar Rajbhandari.

There are 12 beds in the NICU that started a year ago and eight will be added, he said.

Earlier, only the charges for beds were free. Other expenditure cost were borne by the hospital itself, Rajbhandari said.

All services in the NICU and infant wards are provided for free, said the hospital medical superintendent Dr Rudra Prasad Marasini.

In general, private hospitals charge the amount of mooney between Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per day for using NICU.

The free service provided by the hospital has helped poor people visiting the hospital with the need to admit their ailing children to the NICU in many ways.