Govt to deploy fresh docs to 14 quake-hit districts

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jun 6, 2015-

The government has decided to deploy around five dozen doctors who completed their MBBS degrees with state scholarships to 14 districts hit hardest by the earthquakes.

The Ministry of Health and Population decided on Thursday to deploy 58 medical graduates to health posts to provide effective services in the districts.

Districts including Rasuwa, Dolakha, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, Lamjung, Kavrepalanchok, Dhading and Sindhupalchok, among others, will have at least three doctors each. They will be accompanied by two nursing staffs and paramedics.

Prior to deployment, the ministry has been conducting sessions on trauma and emergencies for the medics. The doctors have been asked to regularly study disease patterns and report to the ministry’s information system. This would help in assessing a disease outbreak threat.

A special team at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division in the Capital has already begun analysing the disease pattern and responding in case of a dramatic rise in ailments.

“Monsoon is just a week away. We want to make sure that the people get basic health services and doctors are able to handle an epidemic,” said Dr Guna Raj Lohani, spokesperson for the ministry. “As a large number of people in the 14 districts are taking shelter outside their homes and in close proximity, cases of cholera and diarrhoea could take epidemic proportions in monsoon.”

Health facilities in the districts have already been alerted on possible cholera outbreak as piped water and that extracted from the ground, especially in the Kathmandu Valley, has been found largely “undrinkable”. “We also expect casualties related to landslide and floods as experts have warned that natural calamities might be severe this year,” said Dr Lohani.

The move is in line with the Nepal Health Policy-2014, which envisions deploying a doctor and a nurse in each VDC and a nurse midwife in each ward.

 

Published: 07-06-2015 08:04

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