Health Minister says all local bodies will have government hospitals in next four years

Padma Aryal

Kathmandu, May 9

State Minister for Health Padma Kumari Aryal says she will ensure establishment of at least one government hospital in each of the 753 local levelswithin the next four years.

As the right to health is a fundamental right of citizens, a ‘One Local Level: One Hospital’ programme would be launched in the upcoming policy and programme of the government, said Aryal. The hospitals will have at least 15 beds.

As much as Rs 46 billion has been allocated for health sector in the current fiscal year. The amount is likely to be reduced to Rs 43 billion for the next year.

As of current data, 2,312 wards lack health units across the country.

“Time and technology-friendly health service will be the priority. Sufficient health assistants will be mobilised and health campaigns will also be organised in community schools,”she added.

Similarly, a consultation with concerned authorities on deciding the new fees for private hospitals and its implementation is underway, according to her. Currently, private hospitals have been randomly  charging huge amount from the patients for the service.

Likewise, Minister Aryal said she was committed to making health insurance mandatory for well-to-do people, providing discount to poor and free health service to the deprived.



Published on May 9th, Wednesday, 2018 4:38 PM

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