LALITPUR, March 6: People of Lalitpur Metropolitan City have been deprived of basic health facilities guaranteed from the state level as the town lacks even a government hospital.
As a result, residents of the metropolis are deprived of health services being given from the state level. "Except a mental hospital, the metropolis lacks a government hospital, thanks to concerned authorities failing to even feel it necessary to open a health facility in the metropolis.
Patients are referred to government hospitals in Kathmandu or a private health facility," Purushottam Karki, President of the Lalitpur Health Network.
Pregnant women have been affected the most in particular for want of a maternity hospital. Of 20 clinics running in the metropolis, some have started a birthing centre. "They are finding it difficult to refer patients without a maternity hospital. The patients are referred either to Kathmandu-based Kist Hospital or Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital," he said.
Poor and backward people also live in a city, and they need health service, which they cannot afford at a private health facility, he said.(RSS)