Two illegally operated medical clinics sealed off in Hetaunda

HETAUNDA: Two medical clinics found to be operated without licenses have been sealed off by the Department of Supply Management and Consumer Welfare Protection in Hetaunda Sub-Metropolitan City in Makwanpur district on Thursday.

According to Section Officer Niroj Ghimire, Ramjanaki Medical Hall and Upakar Medical Hall were sealed off today for operating without valid documents.

"Three more medical halls were also sealed off today after they were found to be operating without renewing their documents in the area, they have been given seven days time frame for renewal of documents to operate their clinics," Ghimire added.

"During two-day monitoring in the Sub-Metropolitan City, more than 35 medical halls including clinics and hospitals were discovered to be not maintaining a proper bill format, even persons without pharmacy knowledge were selling medicines," informed Ghimire.

"Similarly, the narcotics record were also found to be not maintained by the medics in the area,".

"We have directed all the entrepreneurs to follow guidelines for documentations, after completion of paperwork  they can operate their business," according to Ghimire.

Similarly, the Druggist Association of Makwanpur has urged the monitoring team to be more practical while carrying out such inspection in the area.

The team comprised of Section Officer Niroj Ghimire, Department of Drug Administration Pharmacy Officer Meena Deuba, Consumer Welfare Protection Forum Makwanpur Chairman Basu Khatiwada, Non-gazetted officer at the District Administration Office Makwanpur Sahadev Acharya, Makwanpur District Public Health Office Inspector Jeevan Kumar Shrestha.

Meanwhile, it has been learned that the Druggist Association of Makwanpur has shut down its medical stores in the area protesting the latest government's move of sealing off two medical clinics in the district.

As a result, commoners in the area have been adversely affected by the closure of medical clinics in the area.