KATHMANDU: Bir Hospital, TU Teaching Hospital, Kanti Hospital and many other private and government hospitals were affected due to the nurses’ strike called by Nepal Nursing Council and Nepal Nursing Association today.
Up to 26,000 nurses are affiliated with NNC and NNA, of which 3,500 are in government hospitals.
Essential service delivery to was brought to a standstill at Bir Hospital. “There is no one to give saline water to us at the ward,” said Bhakta Thapa, a 41-year-old patient from Nepalgunj at neuro ward of Bir Hospital. Thapa added that the strike of doctors did not affect them but the nurses’ stir had. The attendants of patients are completely at sea, as doctors are not easily accessible all the time and they know nothing about the medicines they are required to give to the patients.
Nurses have been on strike since Tuesday seeking fulfilment of their six-point demands, halting all services.
Kabita Thapa, an attendant of Ganga Ram Singh Thapa from Bhaktapur in male medical ward of Bir hospital, complained that since morning no nurse came to the ward to collect daily medical report. She added that they did not get appropriate guidelines from the doctors and she was unable to give syringe to the patient.”We are unable to take patients to private hospitals as that will cost a lot,”
said Thapa.
Nau Maya Thapa from Tanahun is in female medical ward and both her kidneys are damaged. She has to undergo dialysis twice a week. She has not got post-dialysis care since Tuesday.
Dr Rajan Pandey, a medical resident at the hospital, said the routine medication has been totally halted and it was impossible to run the hospital without the nurses. “We have been forced to discharge the patients or refer them to other hospitals,” he added. He claimed if the situation remained the same for three more days, they would not be able to admit more patients.
However, Dr Dirgha Raj RC, director of the hospital, said they could neither shrug off their responsibility to provide service to the patients nor deny admission to patients. He said the doctors had been told to double up as nurses. He said only the health ministry could resolve the crisis.