No ambulance for patients

Jajarkot, March 17

An ambulance belonging to District Hospital Jajarkot has been collecting dust for want of repairs though eight months have passed after it turned dysfunctional.

Hundreds of district folks have been deprived of the use of the emergency vehicle as the concerned authority didn’t bother to repair it.

After the ambulance stopped working, another ambulance donated by the Embassy of India also stopped working two months ago.

As both the ambulances in the district are inoperational, hundreds of service seekers are facing hard time for want of transportation, complained locals.

“Though the Minister for Home Affairs Shakti Bahadur Basnet assured the service would be resumed at the earliest at a function organised at district headquarters Khalanga on February 12, nothing came of the assurance,” complained a health facility source.

Nagendra Sah, chairperson of the hospital, said that the vehicle gave frequent trouble as it was turning old. Sah assured the service would resume at the earliest as they were planning to repair it.

Rajendra Giri, chief at District Health Office, said the service was disrupted due to high maintenance cost.

CDO Janardan Gautam, said though the ambulance was a white elephant and it had failed to extend necessary service.

District Chair of civil society Keshav Jung Shah said the authorities were abusing resources.