Food stock in short supply, meds stuck in centre

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 19, 2015-

With monsoon fast approaching, transportation of food and medicines in the earthquake-affected districts has become a major challenge for the government that is already facing criticism for failing to get sufficient relief supplies to the victims.

The inspection of the National Trading Corporation and the Health Ministry by the members of special parliamentary committee on Tuesday found  that there was not sufficient food at the corporation while essential medicine supplies, though the ministry has stock, have not reached many earthquake-hit districts.

Committee member Purna Bahadur Khadka said the officials at the corporation and the ministry told them that they could not deliver the food and medicine supplies as the government buildings and health institutions in the quake-hit districts were damaged and there were no place to store them.

 “They told us that they were constructing temporary storage facilities in the earthquake-affected areas,” Khadka said.

Another committee member Laxman Lal Karna said that though there was sufficient stock of medicines, there was not enough food to last throughout the monsoon.

“The supply system appears to be doing better now, but there has been little progress on the storage front to feed the victims during the monsoon,” Karna said.

The Health Ministry, meanwhile, is preparing to deploy one doctor to each village development committee of the quake-affected districts.

Published: 20-05-2015 07:54

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