Efforts on to ensure all’s access to health: DPM and Health Minister Yadav
KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population, Upendra Yadav has said works are on to upgrade the existing district hospitals into second-class health facilities. Such facilities will have maternity, pediatric and surgery facilities with the management of required human resources and specialists.
In his replies today in the National Assembly in regard with concerns raised during the deliberations on several headings related to the Ministry of Health and Population under the Appropriation Bill-2076 BS, the minister said efforts were underway to transform the Doti Hospital in the Far-West State and Birgunj-based Narayani Hospital in the State 2, into specialised healthcare facilities.
The health minister went on to say that people had a great trust upon the Bir Hospital. “Presently, it provides services to some 2,200 people on a daily-basis. Its CT Scan and MRI services are in a smooth operation.”
He briefed the session that the ministry was working on various plans to ensure access of mass basic healthcare services. He announced the premium of health insurance of indigent community will be borne by the government. “The health insurance programme presently covers 64 districts, out of 77, and the budget allocated for health sector in existing time is not sufficient to expand health facilities to all, efforts are on to ensure all’s equitable access to health. The government aims to establish at least on health facility at every local level.”
According to him, currently 80 snakebite treatment centers are in operation across the country and the ministry is committed to implementing the concept of ‘one doctor: one health institute’. The health minister denied that Ayurved science has been neglected by the state. “But, we are in a weak position in terms of availability of required skilled human resources and an advanced laboratory and other equipment which remain as barriers for delivering quality services.”