Health sector gets Rs 33.5 billion

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jul 13, 2014-

The government has earmarked 5.7 percent of the total budget amounting to Rs 33.5 billion for health sector. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) was

allocated Rs 30.43 billion last fiscal.

The budget has proposed to bring a new health policy while also upgrading government hospitals, including  plans to establish a sophisticated ward for very very important persons (VVIP) and VIPs at Bir Hospital.

In the existing health programmes, the government has planned to provide round-the-clock medical dispensing facilities at all health centres. Besides establishing Intensive Care Unit services and geriatic ward in five zonal hospitals, the government has proposed to increase the number of specialist doctors.

Similarly, the government has proposed non-practice allowances aimed at retaining doctors in the rural areas.

The ministry is trying to encourage all doctors to practice in government hospitals, said Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, joint secretary at the MoHP. Such non-practice allowances will be provided to the doctors to encourage their private OPD practice in hospital itself.       

The government has doubled the travel allowance of Female Community Health Volunteers to Rs 400,  while increasing the clothes allowance to Rs 5,000. Beginning this year, the Heath Ministry will also launch the kidney function test in 500 health posts and 300 primary health care centres.

Adhikari said the budget is too low and might effect in quality service delivery. Shiva Prasad Simkhada, chief of Finance Section at the ministry, said at least 10 percent of the budget has to be earmarked to meet the international standard in health care services. “The budget is low if we are to have a proper working environment. However, if the Finance Ministry allocates a huge chunk of money as contingency fund and does not transfer it to health accounts we might not be

able to use this amount adequately.”

MoHP budget

2014/15-    Rs 33.5 billion    

2013/14-    Rs 30.43 billion

2012/13-    Rs 27.3 billion

2011/12-    Rs 24.93 billion

2010/11-    Rs 23.81 billion   

Source: Ministry of Finance

Published: 14-07-2014 09:59

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