Bhaktapur,6 March 2015: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has said all political parties should stand on a common ground and seek an away out to the nation.
Inaugurating the 20th anniversary celebrations of Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital and opening an Annex Building of the hospital, the President wished that political parties sat together, nation got away out, the new constitution drafted on time and people remained happy.
On a different note, he reminded that Prime Minister Sushil Koirala was not serious about his health. “I suggested him very early to undergo biopsy test of his tongue as I noticed something wrong in his tongue, but he thought that I was frightening himÂ and claimed to digest it. But the fact is that cancer could never be digested or overcome without medical treatment.Â It can be cured if it is treated on time.”
The head-of-the-state drew the attention of the government towards starting cancer treatment at all government hospitals.
On the occasion, Health Secretary Shanta Bahadur Shrestha said the government was financially assisting the hospital and has managed grant assistance of Rs 67.5 million to the hospital this year alone.
The government has implemented the health insurance policy in Kailali, Ilam and Baglung districts this year and it would be expanded across the country. Even a study has been begun to fix the maximum retail price of medicines of expensive diseases like cancer, kidney and heart diseases.
Hospital Director Dr Prakash Raj Neupane shared that the current number of cancer patients in the country stands at 50,000 and 30 thousands more are diagnosed with various types of cancer every year.Â The hospital provides OPD services to 50 thousand patients every year and receives 10 thousand new patients in the same period. OPD, pathology, radiology, anesthesia, medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery are available in the hospital.
Nepal Workers’ and Peasants Party Chair Narayan Man Bijukchhe and lawmaker Rameshwor Dhungel called for well-equipping the hospital with the management to ensure free treatment to the needy ones.