Govt plans to increase succour for cancer care

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Bhaktapur

Apr 18, 2017-

Health Minister Gagan Thapa has said the government is working on a plan to provide financial assistance of Rs 500,000 to cancer patients. 

Addressing a programme at the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital-operated Nepal Cancer Alleviation Organisation on Monday, Minister Thapa said the government was preparing to increase the amount being given to cancer patients for treatment. 

At present, the government provides Rs100,000 to a cancer patient belonging to the indigent communities. “Treat-ment of cancer is costly. The ministry has proposed the Finance Ministry increase the monetary help being provided to cancer patients and it is awaiting approval from there [Finance Ministry] to implement its plan,” said Thapa. 

Stating that the government focusses on making the citizens health conscious and encouraging them to adopt healthy habits, he said the government was working to increase efficiency of the government-run hospitals across the country for the relief of patients of chronic diseases. 

Besides, the government has extended the services of the Gangalal National Heart Center to health facilities outside the Capital. The center’s services are being rendered from the Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalgunj and a cancer hospital in commemoration of the late Girija Prasad Koirala has been established in Nepalgunj, according to Minister Thapa. 

The government is preparing to introduce a health insurance proposal to a meeting of the Council of Ministers on April 20, seeking its endorsement and the health insurance of all citizens will be mandatory from the next fiscal year, he added. 

He pledged to financially assist the hospital to purchase required technical materials and equipment. 

Published: 18-04-2017 08:06

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