BIRATNAGAR, April 11: Doctors unhappy with their adjustment, or appointment at health institutions in the provinces and local units have been protesting all over the country for the past three days as of Wednesday. Biratnagar’s Koshi Zonal Hospital, has also halted its Out Patient Department (OPD) services, which was partially open till Tuesday, in accordance with the ongoing protests by the government doctors.
The hospital, serving more than a thousand patients on a daily basis, has compelled its patients to go to private hospitals. Dr Roshan Pokharel, medical superintendent of Koshi Zonal Hospital expressed grave dissatisfaction over the government’s treatment of doctors like any other public servant, and sending them to various parts of the country without a proper procedure. As informed by Dr Pokharel, a major state of confusion has been created due to the zonal hospitals being administered and controlled by the central government, whereas the employed doctors being controlled by the provincial government.
“There is no point in working at a hospital where the doctors and the institution are controlled by separate governments,” he added. Pokharel also said that the zonal hospital wouldn’t reopen its OPD until the problem at hand is addressed. He further informed of all the other services for the in patients being in full function.
The hospital currently has 67 doctors. Of them, 30 are permanent, 15 are on contract and 22 are employed by the Hospital Development Committee, according to Dr Pokharel.