Villagers forced to trek hours for basic medication

- Dilliram Khatiwada, UDAYAPUR

Sep 10, 2017-

People of wards 6 and 8 of Rautamai Rural Municipality in Udayapur district have been forced to walk down at least four hours to reach near markets to buy paracetamol--the most basic medication. 

With no health facilities in place, for the villagers walking for several hours to buy emergency medicines has been the norm rather than the exception. 

Naramaya Pariyar, a local woman of Chisapani in Ward 6, said she went to Gaighat walking for four hours after her son suffered from fever last week. “There’s no health service available in the village. We could not get even paracetamol here,” said Pariyar. Villagers complained that the situation has remained unchanged despite the change in status of the VDC--into a rural municipality. Wards 6 and 8 of Rautamai Rural Municipality lack a health facility. “Sick people are facing hardships here. Walking down half a day to buy essential medicines is all too common,” said Usmita Rai of Rautamai-6, adding that patients cannot be taken to the health posts and hospitals via dirt roads. Rautamai Rural Municipality has a population of 23,481. “We’ve been pressing for health posts in Chisapani and Puware Bhanjyang,” said ward chairman Tek Bahadur Balampaki, referring to the hardships faced by the villagers. 

People said they have to walk up to Gaighat, Murkuchi and Bhuttar to buy essential medicines. Rautamai Rural Municipality Gajendra Bahadur Khadka said there was no progress despite an assurance from the DHO that they would soon set up health posts in the villages. 

Published: 10-09-2017 08:33

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