Primary health centre sans doctors

Bajura, November 29

Kolti Primary Health Centre in Budhinanda Municipality, Bajura, is without doctors for the past one month.

The health facility is without doctors after Dr Bijaya Kumar Shah was transferred to Kathmandu-based Bir Hospital on June 3.

Public Health Inspector Keshab Raj Giri said the health facility was being operated without doctors after the contract period of Dr Satya Shahi, who had been working on temporary quota, expired on November 9.

As many as four local levels including Humla, Kalikot and Mugu have been receiving health services from Kolti Primary Health Centre. Sources said more than 100 patients visited the health facility on a daily basis. Sources added that patients were referred to Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Kathmandu-based hospitals due to lack of doctors at the health centre.

Tajakot Rural Municipality Chair Bagdal Malla said patients in the district were compelled to travel by air to reach Nepalgunj and other health facilities for treatment. Civil Society leader Janesh Bhandari said the government was indifferent to the plight of patients.