| January 20, 2018

'Public hospitals not in a position to function without vital supplies'

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Big hospitals of the capital have written a letter to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to drawn his attention to the ongoing crisis of oxygen, lack of medicines and fuel shortage resulting from the prolonged economic blockade imposed by India on Nepal. Those hospitals have also demanded immediate resumption of the vital supplies.

Life across the country has been hard hit by the undeclared economic blockade, which has exceeded over one month.
Big hospitals like Bir Hospital, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Patan Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Kanti Children's Hospital, Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center, Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center (MCVTC), BP Koirala Lions center for Ophthalmic Studies and Civil Hospital have jointly submitted a written letter to PM Oli about the current problems faced by the hospitals after a meeting of the hospital administrators held on Sunday at the TUTH.

"We are not in a position to run hospital without those vital supplies," Dr Swyam Prakash Pandit, director at the Bir Hospital, who had participated in the meeting, said. He informed that the contractors have stopped supplying oxygen because of fuel crisis.

"We have requested PM Oli to take the issue seriously and direct the concerned agencies to provide fuel to the oxygen suppliers and manage other vital needs," added Director Pandit. He also informed that the dispensaries have warned that they will not be able to supply life-saving medicines in future if the ongoing economic blockade persists any longer.