President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today said it was indispensable that the general people got easy access to quality health service.

Addressing an event organised here to bid farewell to a 15-member team of Chinese doctors, who voluntarily and temporarily worked for the BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, she said, "It is still a challenging issue to dedicate hospitals to cancer patients due to limited resources and qualified workforce in a developing country like Nepal."

Stating that cancer is a challenge to the world, she said pollution, pesticide-laced food items, tobacco and alcohol consumption and unhealthy lifestyle are the causative factors of the disease.

"I am pleased at the goal of the hospital to develop it as a national cancer institution," said President Bhandari. On the occasion, she thanked and expressed her gratefulness to the Chinese team of doctors and the hospital family for their continuous service to cancer patients. The hospital was built with the financial and technical assistance of China.

The president also honoured the doctors' team by providing them with a letter of felicitation. A team of Chinese doctors visit and voluntarily work for the hospital every year. Similarly, chair of the hospital board of directors Dr Nirmal Lamichhane thanked the doctors' team for their service and contribution to the development of the hospital during the crisis.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 5, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.