Cleaning begins from Ministry itself: Minister Dhakal

Kaski / Jan 16: Minister for Health and Population, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, has said the cleaning begins from the ministry itself. The anomalies within the ministry would be wiped out, the Minister said at a programme here on Thursday.

“There are health institutes and hospitals as well for clearing the irregularities. But, the first place to be clean is the ministry itself. To clear the murky water, the source must be clean,” he stressed, adding that he is worried whether the hospitals as BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and Bir Hospital would deteriorate being plagued by financial irregularities and corruption.

Two pieces of medical equipment bought at the cost of Rs 460 million were left unused for long. They are kept under security, the Minister reminded.

The Minister vowed, “I don’t allow irregularities to thrive in my term. The purchase of costly machine must have slurred with irregularities. But, I won’t let it happen. “

Stating that the health sector, as compared to others, is a big one, Minister Dhakal pledged that he would work in a way to ensure the reform of the sector during his tenure. “It is pathetic to see the issues plaguing the health sector and I don’t have any alternative but to address them. During my leadership, I will make sure people feel the change,” he committed.

According to him, there is no alternative for the medical officers to serve in the mountainous region for two years upon finishing their education in government scholarship. On the occasion, former Minister for Health and current Member of Parliament Khagaraj Adhikari stressed that the health insurance programme would be made more effective and Out Patient Department (OPD) would not be shut down for more than three days under any circumstances.

Similarly, Secretary at the Ministry Khagaraj Baral said they were in Pokhara for monitoring. Baral urged the medical officers to be present in their respective duty station following the adjustment of staffers as per federal set up. He warned of action against those medical officers not attending their duties in their respective duty stations.

Likewise, Pokhara Institute of Health Sciences’ senate member Anandaraj Mulmi spoke of the need to upscale the hospital and better its services.

Vice-Chancellor at the Institute, Dr Buddhi Bahadur Thapa, shared that applications are open for the entrance of Post Graduate study. He informed that plans are afoot to add nursing and Bachelors in Dental Science in its academic session.

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