Water crunch hits district hospital

Rukum, May 17

Laxman Oli of Chhiwang VDC -4, Nayagaun, has been looking after his wife, who gave birth, for the past one week at Khalanga-based District Hospital in Rukum.

His stay at the health facility has been a great ordeal due to acute water crisis.

As the health facility is facing a hard time due to water crunch, he has no option but to walk for more than half-an-hour and wash clothes for his wife and the newborn. “The doctors have said they have to stay here for at least three or four more days at the hospital.

Hence, I have to walk for more than an hour to wash their clothes and beg the hoteliers around to manage drinking water,” he said.

Nim Bahadur Nepali of Magma has been staying at the health facility for his mother’s treatment for three days. Nepali’s plight is similar to Oli’s. “There is no water facility in the wash room as well.

I am bothered more about managing water rather than my mother’s health,” regretted Nepali.

Hundreds of service seekers, their kin, patients and the health facility staff have been facing acute water crunch for the past one month, ever since adjoining Timure Khola turned dry.

Water crunch has also hit sanitation and hygiene at the health facility. Toilets have started emitting foul smell.

The parturition ward has been the worst hit, said Dr Man Bahadur KC.