Chief Minister of Bagmati Province Asta Laxmi Shakya has urged hospitals under the provincial government to provide effective services.

Inaugurating the PCR Lab and Oxygen Plant at Bakullahar Ratnanagar Hospital in eastern Chitwan today, Chief Minister Shakya said that additional means and resources would be provided to the hospital.

The province government had provided PCR lab machine and oxygen plant to the hospital. She opined, "Problem has surfaced on the managerial side due to delay of federal government in handing over the provincial hospital to the province government."

The CM further said that PCR machine and oxygen plant are in operation at hospitals in 13 districts of the province.

Health Minister of Bagmati Province Pradeep Kumar Katuwal, Social Development Minister Bijay Subedi, former minister of state for education Sheshnath Adhikari, former minister of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Land Management Dawa Dorjee Lama, and Mayor of Ratnanagar Municipality Narayan Ban among others, were present on the occasion.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Bishwo Bandhu Bagale briefed CM Shakya about the activities of the hospital.

The health post established in 1967 has now been upgraded to provincial hospital. Bagale complained that although it had got approval to run a 50-bed hospital, only 43 beds were now in operation at the hospital.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 22 2021, of The Himalayan Times.