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Health Minister Warns Against Absentee Doctors In Duty Hours

Minister for Health and Population Bhawani Prasad Khapung has warned of action against doctors not staying at hospital during the duty hours.

Inaugurating a pediatric ward of 36 beds and another ward of 40 beds with two operation theatres at Koshi Hospital on Sunday, he urged the doctors to treat the patients during the time fixed by the government. The two wards were constructed at a cost of Rs 54.7 million.

Health Minister Khapung said the shortage of doctors and health workers at government hospitals of the country, including Koshi Hospital, would be resolved by creating positions and making arrangements for filling them.

Stating that the government hospitals are seeing a large number of patients as private hospitals have shut the health insurance scheme, he said this problem would be resolved soon.

Minister Khapung said a task force has been formed to reach the health insurance to the general public in a systematic manner. “There is a separate Act related to the health insurance and private hospitals in other areas except in Morang have been implementing it.

Discussions are on regarding making the private hospitals also to implement the insurance in Morang also. So, the problem would be resolved soon,” he added.

Province no 1 government’s health minister Jayaram Yadav, Hospital medical superintendent Yagya Raj Kharel, among other officials, had accompanied Minister Khapung during the observation of Hospital.

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