Experts say the government has decided to shred the constitution
KATHMANDU, Oct 19: With the decision of not bearing the cost of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and treatment of COVID-19 patients, the government has limited its COVID-19 response to just collecting the data of new and death cases across the country and announce the same to the people.
The Ministry of Health and Population ( MoHP) on Sunday directed the general public to undergo PCR tests and COVID-19 treatments on their own.Earlier, the government had been providing free health treatments to COVID-19 patients.
The Public Health Service Act (2018) has a provision for the citizens to receive free health services and treatments of communicable diseases.
According to advocate Kedar Karki, the government cannot violate people’s right to free basic health facilities which has been introduced as a fundamental right in the constitution. “It is the duty of the state to keep its citizens safe during the pandemic,” he said.
Sunday’s announcement comes at a time when the government’s presence has been conspicuous by absence. The Oli government proved, once again, that it is not capable of taking care of the people during the biggest health crisis, say public health experts.