LETTERS

Incorporating Ayurved

The World Health Day is over. The news “92 pc of women still mired in unsafe birth

practices” published in THT on April 7 and the subsequent editorial titled “Getting to goal” published on April 8 have expressed grave concern over poor state of maternal and child health care in Nepal. Though much has been said and huge amount of money spent on this, no significant changes have occurred in Nepal to improve the health of mothers and children. That might have been the reason for the slogan, “make every mother and child count.” The unilateral allopathic approach pursued by Ministry of Health (MoH) on maternal and child health alone cannot solve this pitiful condition. The Ministry should also utilise Kaumarbhritya, a branch of Ayurved dedicated to paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics. The National Health Education Information and Communication Centre should disseminate information on Kaumarbhritya for maternal and child health purposes. The master and PhD level study on it should be initiated. The 216 peripheral Ayurved dispensaries, 55 district dispensaries, 14 Zonal dispensaries, one regional hospital and one central Ayurved hospital run by the Department of Ayurved should all be mobilised by MoH to work for the cause. Without utilising the indigenous Ayurvedic knowledge, Nepal will only experience medical

adventurism but cannot meet the ‘health for all’ goal. MoH should sincerely acknowledge this ground reality and incorporate Ayurved in its programme aimed at maternal and child health.

Sushil Dahal, Institute of Medicine, TU

Breast cancer

This is in reference to the news “Cancer patients hide illness” published in THT on April 9, which said 56 per cent of female breast cancer patients are too shy to consult the doctor.

After cervical cancer, breast cancer is the most malignant form of the disease in Nepal. Moreover, ignorance and inhibition in females has led to an increase in the number of the patients. However, it is important to know that without an early diagnosis, breast cancer will assume grave proportions. Mastectomy is mandatory for such patients. They should

understand that the modern age along with introduction of new equipment have made the medical sector capable of treating the carcinoma of breast if diagnosis is done on time. Radiology Mammography International (RMI-USA) has made it possible to detect such cancers in Nepal. But women should not hesitate to treat this dreadful disease for which they need to shed inhibitions. What appears like an insignificant worry soon starts becoming a family burden unless treated on time. Meanwhile, the Department of Radiology and Imaging should combine efforts with other agencies to launch awareness campaigns in rural areas through pamphlets, posters, counselling and street dramas. Strengthening health sector is also a part of the Millennium Development Goal. That makes it imperative for the government to strengthen the health infrastructure.

Bimal Ojha, Dillibazaar

Update

I appreciate that THT website has been providing news and other feature articles for the

Internet users. People both in and outside Nepal have been turning to it for news. I am a regular visitor of your website and I have noticed that you have changed the display of the page since last couple of days. However, the website has been carrying one-day-old news now. It would be better if the contents of the site could be updated a bit early.

Kedar, via e-mail