Conflict victim family seeks govt assistance

- Janak Nepal, Nepalgunj
Conflict victim family seeks govt assistance

Feb 21, 2015-

A woman, who lost her husband during the Maoist insurgency, has been struggling to manage for her family after she went into debt to treat her son suffering from brain tumour.

Chandrakala Upreti said she is helpless as she could not receive any assistant from the government though she had to spend around Rs 1 million to treat her twenty-year-old son.

Her son Bishesh had undergone a surgery to remove the tumor at the Annapurna Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu in January, 2012. However, he found out during follow-up in May, 2014, that the tumour had resurged and he had to undergo another surgery.

Scared of what might happen to her son, Chandrakala then decided to seek a second opinion to find the best cure available for her son.

As advised by some doctors, Chandrakala admitted her son to BL Kapoor Hospital in New Delhi, India, on January 25, 2015. And the tumor was removed using CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System without the patient going under the knife. Discharged from the hospital after 17 days, Bishesh said the doctors who treated him at BL Kapoor have called him for a follow-up after three months.

A relatively expensive technology, loans provided by Citizens Bank and Jyoti Kunja Cooperative (to the tune of Rs 500,000 and Rs 250,000, respectively) along with some more from her well-wishers had helped make the treatment possible.

Likewise, $500 sent by Non-Resident Nepalis living in US through Murari Kharel of the Nepal Human Rights Council was also of great help, Upreti said, adding that she will be forever indebted to the individuals and organisations who helped her out of her predicament. Bishesh, who is pursuing Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, said he intends to continue his studies as he is cured.

Chandrakala’s husband Bhupendraraj went missing immediately after being arrested by security forces during the Maoist insurgency. An employee at the Jyoti Kunja Cooperative, Chandrakala went from pillar to post in search of her husband, but in vain. She said she is finding it hard to eke out a living as the debts taken for her son’s treatment has been piling up and she can’t repay the amount with the meagre salary she earns at the cooperative.

Chandrakala said she has not received even a penny in assistance from the government even though she is a conflict victim. She said she visited various government agencies, including local Peace Committee and District Administration Office, but her efforts went in vain.

She said she received financial assistance worth Rs 125,000 from human rights activists and other conflict victims and that she is yet to repay Rs 300,000 taken for her son’s first surgery. She said the loan she took for her son’s treatment in New Delhi has made her life very difficult.

Published: 22-02-2015 07:13

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