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Modern hospital a matter of joy for villagers

- Shiva Sharma, PURNA BK, TANAHUN

Dec 11, 2014-

The people of Raipur VDC, who were compelled to travel to distant towns and cities for medical check-up (and put their life in serious jeopardy in the process), are elated over the establishment of a community hospital equipped with modern facilities in their village.

Located 15 km away from Dulegaunda in Sankhe, the 15 bed Phoolbari Community Hospital has an MBBS doctor, a nurse, health assistants, laboratory technicians including caretakers to attend to the needs of the patients visiting the hospital for treatment. The hospital has been providing 24-hour emergency service, out-patient department, infant and maternity services along with modern treatment facilities such as x-ray and ultrasound to name a few, but most of all, with the establishment of the hospital, locals have been able to afford quality medical service within the village itself.

“Previously, we had no option but to travel to Pokhara even for minor illnesses. But now the establishment of the hospital in the village has come as a huge relief for us,” said local Devraj Regmi of Raipur-7.

According to chairperson of the hospital management committee, Shalik Ram Bhattrai, the hospital has been catering to about 500 patients on a daily basis, including those from neighbouring villages of Kichnas in Syangja, Magyam in Chisapani, Chinnebas, Oraste and others.

“Even patients from villages located about 3-4 hours walk from Pokhara come to the hospital for medical treatment,” Bhattrai said.

Stating that the number of patients in the hospital has been increasing by the day, he said that the hospital has been providing in-patient services to patients with serious conditions and also those from far away villages. The hospital also has referral services for complicated cases.

Meanwhile, the operation of dirt roads connecting most parts of the VDC has also helped patients reach the hospital with relative ease. Interestingly, the hospital spread over 14 ropanis of land with 28 roomed building along with ambulance services had initially started out as a medical centre.

It had started providing medical service to the locals after registering itself as Phoolbari Service Centre in the year 1998. In order to equip the hospital with new equipments so that it can provide latest health services, locals had conducted a religious ceremony from March 18-25 last year, generating a fund of Rs 12.4 million. Likewise, the VDC had granted Rs 1.8 million to purchase the land for the hospital. Tanka Nath Poudel, a non-resident Nepali hailing from Dhorphirdi-4, but currently living in Germany had contributed Rs 50 million that was raised in donations for the construction of the hospital building.

With eight staffs, the hospital, which had officially started providing medical services as a community hospital since mid-Oct this year, has been spending Rs 150,000 in monthly salaries for its employees.

Published: 11-12-2014 07:41

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