Lack of infrastructure hampers cancer treatment

Published On: October 22, 2016 10:54 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

PATHARI (Morang), Oct 22: The cancer treatment which was started a year ago at the Koshi Zonal Hospital in Biratnagar is unable to continue effectively in absence of essential infrastructure. 

The hospital took the decision to start the service to facilitate the patients in the eastern region, but doctors are finding it hard to run the service due to lack of proper infrastructure. 

The hospital was all set to start chemotherapy after diagnosis of the disease. "We are worried as to how we can run this service forward," said cancer disease specialist, Dr Saugat Poudel. "Despite the problem we have been giving service to around 300 patients a year," he added. 

Many of the patients coming to the hospital are recommended to Bharatpur in Chitwan due to lack of equipment and human resources. 

Cancer patients from Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Ilam, Dhankuta and Taplejung come to the Koshi Zonal Hospital for treatment. 

Hospital's Medical Superintendent, Dr Roshan Pokharel spoke of plans to develop the necessary infrastructure. "We have asked for budget and when it arrives we will develop the infrastructure," he said. RSS 

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