Earthquake injured deprived of treatment

- SUDIP KAINI, Gorkha
Earthquake injured deprived of treatment

Jul 11, 2015-

A 49-year-old woman who was injured in the April 25 earthquake has been deprived of treatment despite government’s pledge to provide free medical care to all those who were hurt in the tremors.

Budhamaya Gurung of Patle at Simjung-1 received treatment for her head injury and eye rupture in a hospital right after the quake but doctors discharged her after some time asking her relatives to bring her back.

When she returned after 20 days, doctors said she had to be readmitted and pay charges for the treatment. “I was transferred to Eye Hospital from Bharatpur Medical College,” Budhmaya said. “When I returned to the hospital after getting treatment for my eyes, they did not admit me demanding admission fees.”

“They did not admit my mother-in-lawn even when we showed the card from previous treatment,” said Budhamaya’s daughter-in-law Rina, adding that they could not afford to pay Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per day for treatment. Budhamaya, who cannot even walk around, has now been staying at home without treatment.

Budhamaya’s father-in-law and two sons of her brother-in-law were killed in the earthquake. She herself was buried under her house for four days before being rescued by a helicopter and flown to district headquarters, local Chandra Gurung said, adding that she regained consciousness only on the sixth day.

Most of the injured people like her have been discharged from the hospital after providing free treatment for one month, Chandra said.

Likewise, Sagun Gurung, 23, of Patle has also been paralysed below her waist due to injury sustained during the earthquake. Though she has not recovered yet, she was discharged from Bharatpur Cancer Hospital after a month, her husband Surya said. “When we returned for further treatment, they demanded fees.”

A total of 925 people were injured in the district due to the earthquake. They have demanded that they be provided free healthcare till they are completely healed. Low-income families like those of Budhmaya and Sagun are bedridden in their houses and cannot afford treatment.

n Injured Bhudhamaya Gurung at her house in Simjung-1. POST PHOTO

Published: 12-07-2015 08:06

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