Health Minister vows medical supplies for all provinces

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Aug 22, 2018-

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Upendra Yadav has vowed sufficient medical staff and supplies of drugs and equipment to all provinces.

Speaking at an event on ‘Inclusion of findings of health researches, policies and plans’, organised by the Nepal Health Research Council here on Tuesday, the Health Minister said the government remains committed to people’s right to basic healthcare services.

He urged stakeholders to focus all health-related research on finding better ways for prevention of diseases, instead of cure. He pledged to include findings of such research in the government health polices and plans. At the event, Health Secretary Dr Pushpa Chaudhary said writing health plans based on research works has started and the Council would take its programmes forward to the grass-roots level.

World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Nepal acting country director Dr Anindya Sekhar Boss said health plans based on research would make a positive impact on public health.

As stated by the Council Executive Chair Prof Dr Anjani Kumar Jha, programmes aim at searching for cancer patients in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley and in Rukum, Saptari and Mahottari are underway to find out data on cancer patients that includes their numbers and types of cancers they are suffering.

Council Vice Chair Dr Bhojraj Adhikari highlighted the importance of findings of research to write health polices and plans capable of addressing real health needs of rural and poor people.

The government provides a monetary assistance of Rs 100,000 each to cancer patients.

The Council’s ongoing research covers the issue of sickle cell anaemia remaining as the life-threatening health problem among the Tharu community in western Tarai districts.

Published: 22-08-2018 07:24

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