Stop setting dangerous precedent

February 4, 2024 07:28 am

In Nepal, a disturbing trend is on the rise lately. Influential politicians and businessmen facing legal troubles seem to have found a new strategy to avoid police detention-- getting admitted to hospital. This misuse of provisions meant for those with genuine health issues not only raises questions about the sanctity of law, but also reinforces the perception that the law is meant only for the poor and those without access to the power corridors.

Health insurance program commences in KMC

December 27, 2023 16:51 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is going to implement a health insurance program.

KATHMANDU: The Bagmati Province government has announced its decision to upgrade 10 hospitals within its jurisdiction. The decision was taken during a provincial Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday.

GANDAKI, Sept 27: All the services except emergency services are closed in hospitals in Pokhara today in protest against the attack on health workers at Manipal Hospital.

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has introduced a provision to provide free treatment to the poor citizens.

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Conjunctivitis infection has spread throughout the country in recent days. Most of the hospitals across the country are full of increasing numbers of people suffering from conjunctivitis.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: The Ministry of Health and Population has directed the hospitals without their own pharmacies on their premises to run pharmacies within a month.

TAPLEJUNG, July 6: The District Monitoring Committee has instructed private hospitals and medical shops in Taplejung, which are operating without approval, to obtain approval by the end of the current financial year.

KATHMANDU, June 26: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has mandated that commercial buildings and hospitals are no longer permitted to charge parking fees. The metropolis has introduced a new provision in its budget, ensuring that service providers, including commercial buildings and hospitals, cannot impose parking fees on customers.

KATHMANDU, June 13: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has sealed two hospitals operating in Kathmandu for operating without renewal of license.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has prepared to publicize the names of the hospitals where 10 percent of the beds are not reserved for the treatment of the target group.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has directed the hospitals in the metropolis to submit the details of the poor, helpless and abandoned people, who have received free treatment at the designated hospitals, to the KMC within 10 days of the completion of every month.

KATHMANDU, August 31: Patients with dengue fever have increased day-by-day in the Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, August 2: In view of increasing COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has managed COVID-19 treatment in all seven provinces by designating hospitals for its treatment. Seventeen federal and provincial hospitals in the provinces have been selected for the purpose, said Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Secretary at  the MoHP.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The main opposition party CPN-UML has demanded the government resume the health insurance program at all hospitals.

KATHMANDU, June 23: Big hospitals in the country are planning to close down the health insurance program.

KATHMANDU, March 15: The Republic of Korea has provided equipment worth over Rs 4.1 million to three hospitals in Nepal to manage their waste.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: The government of Nepal has revised the price of PCR test for COVID-19 to Rs 800 per individual at government hospitals and laboratories. Prior to this, the price of a PCR test was Rs 1,000.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Unlike during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the patients suffering from COVID-19 infection in recent times do not need oxygen support, physicians said.

KATHMANDU, August 4: COVID-19 hospitals around the country are once again overwhelmed with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

KATHMANDU, June 30: The number of non-COVID patients admitted to the major hospitals has increased in recent days. Until a week ago, only COVID patients were admitted to the major hospitals in the valley.

KATHMANDU, June 2: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has instructed the hospitals across the country to make public the treatment cost they charge to COVID-19 patients.

May 27: A day after his father’s demise, Aadarsh Mishra, a popular stand-up comedian from Jeetpur of Bara district, shared a video through his youtube channel. “Dad is no more and National Medical College in Birgunj and Narayani Sub-regional Hospital are responsible for it,” he says in the video. Shortly after he shared the video, it hit the headlines in the country. People began to share his story and post it on their social media walls supporting and condoling him.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide additional Rs 81 million for 12 hospitals to install oxygen plants, oxygen tanks, HDU connection and purchase of PCR machines.

TAPLEJUNG, May 22: The Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide Rs 180 million to 13 hospitals across the country including Taplejung District Hospital to purchase and set up oxygen plants.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Karuna Foundation has donated 110 oxygen concentrators to the hospitals and agencies active in the treatment of COVID patients.

KATHMANDU, May 17: The government has warned of taking action against those hospitals asking COVID-19 patients to arrange medical oxygen on their own for treatment.

KATHMANDU, May 12: The District Administration Office, Kathmandu has asked stakeholders, including hospitals, ‘to not create panic among the public in the name of public notices showing oxygen shortage’.

KATHMANDU, May 12: After the government set quotas on oxygen cylinders to be provided to hospitals, various hospitals said they could not admit more COVID-19 patients. The problem arose after the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) set a daily quota of oxygen cylinders for hospitals, saying the demand for oxygen had increased across the country but the supply was not enough. The shortage of medical oxygen started at the hospitals after the CCMC decided to fix the quota on Sunday saying that it will provide oxygen to hospitals across the country based on the data of the Ministry of Health and Population.

KATHMANDU,  May 11: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an interim order to the government for a smooth management of oxygen and hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

Doctors say ‘lack of oxygen more serious than lack of beds’

LAHAN, May 5: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday addressed the nation and said that he won't let anyone die without treatment. But a day after the address, a 45-year-old man, Lok Bahadur Pariyar of Bateshwor Rural Municipality-4 of Dhanusha died because he did not receive treatment.

NEPALGUNJ, April 20: The hospitals in Banke districts have decided to admit only serious COVID-19 patients as the hospitals in the district are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in recent days.

Doctors, nurses and health staff have to face occupational hazards, including infectious diseases, contaminated puncture wounds, radiation, solvent and chemical exposures, and psychological stress among others.

Government-owned hospitals also found involved in black marketing

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: The government is investing 58 billion rupees to install 5 to 15 bed hospitals in 649 local levels in order to increase the medical services amid the spread out of the COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has directed all hospitals in Kathmandu Valley to not perform surgeries except for those in emergency cases.

KATHMANDU, Aug 22: As hospitals providing treatment are already overwhelmed with the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the government has decided to hospitalize only those COVID-19 patients, who have shown serious health complications.

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: The hospitals designated for the treatment of COVID-19 in the Kathmandu Valley have started to send asymptomatic coronavirus patients to self-isolation at home as isolation wards are already overwhelmed with symptomatic patients.

LONDON, June 19: Hospitalised COVID-19 patients of South Asian ethnicity in Britain are 20% more likely to die from the disease than white people, a large-scale study said on Friday, the latest evidence that minority groups are disproportionately hit by the virus.

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Feb 18: Government air strikes have hit hospitals and displaced persons camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

DHADING, Feb 5: The earthquake in 2015 destroyed private homes, schools, hospitals and government buildings. Nearly five years on, post-quake reconstruction has picked up pace and government buildings are once again rising in the district headquarters and millions of rupees has been spent for that. However, the service-seekers are rarely found in these big government buildings.

JUMLA, Oct 23: Utter negligence and mismanagement of drug supply has come to the fore in Jumla. While the lack of medicines in health posts and hospitals is not a new tale in this rural zone, locals are enraged after seeing medicines dumped on riverside in Kakan Sundari Rural Municipality.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The government is spending billions on free dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease. But it is learnt that there is no standard operating procedure and hospitals are suspected of financial irregularities while claiming reimbursement from the government.

BAJHANG, Sept 9: The district hospital of Bajhang and private medical centers have been jam-packed with the patients of viral infections. Most of them are from the rural villages and have high fever. According to the medical superintendent of the district hospital, Sandip Okheda, viral fever has gripped the people here for the last two weeks. "Hundreds of people are coming to the hospital for treatment. The situation is chaotic," he said. "People are getting sick due to the changing season, consumption of dirty water, the recent floods and so on," he added.

PANCHTHAR, KHOTANG, July 10: People in the hill districts of Province 1 are compelled to go to expensive hospitals in the tarai for most of their medical needs as local facilities provide only basic medication.

Agitating docs suspend protest

April 13, 2019 22:38 pm

KATHMANDU, April 13: The agitating doctors have postponed their protest and have decided to return to their respective workplaces from Sunday.

Nepal’s essential service sectors—such as hospitals and educational institutions—have been victims of protests and obstructions. Whenever the employees therein have to express their resentment with the government’s decisions and policies they resort to protests, halting services and in the process causing great inconvenience to service seekers.

KATHMANDU, April 6: Around 50,000 patients coming to government hospitals across the country have been affected by a doctors' strike . Doctors at the government hospitals have halted all services except emergency from Friday onwards, to protest the government's move to adjust them under the federal structure as per a newly-introduced civil service policy.

KHOTANG, Feb 5: Nara Bahadur Rai, an elderly of Ainselukharka Rural Municipality-3 in Khotang district, lost his life after being drowned in a canal of a small hydropower project last week. Initially, his body was taken to Ainselukharka Primary Health Center for postmortem but there was no doctor.