82 yrs of average life expectancy in KTM while 36 yrs in Jumla

There is a vast difference in the life expectancy between people of rural and urban areas.

According to the Department of Health Services, a child born in Kathmandu has 82 years of average life expectancy whereas a child born in Jumla has only 36 years.

Similarly, the average life expectancy of Nepalese has reached near about 70 years, added the Department.

At a programme organised here today on the occasion of the Third Health Day, Director General of the Department, Dr Senendra Raj Upreti, said that the Health Ministry is going to making arrangement for additional 21,000 human resources at different level of the health sectors to make the health services more effective to decrease the vast difference on life expectancy rate.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every 10,000 population has only one doctor in Nepal. According to the criteria of the WHO, there is a provision of 15 doctors in every 10,000 population.

The Department has already got approval from different bodies for the arrangement of additional 8,000 human resources including doctors, nurses and public health officers and the remaining 14,000 human resources for the implementation of the Third Health Services Strategy.

Such number of human resources was required as all sub-health posts have already been upgraded to health posts.
Minister for Health and Population, Khagaraj Adhikari, urged the health posts not to keep any date expired medicine and medical equipments and warned of taking action if any found distributing the date expired medicine.

He also urged not to organize any programme related to health sector at the star hotels and serve hard drinks on them. He said the provision of providing 10 per cent services by private hospitals at free of cost should be implemented strictly.

Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudyal said the public hospitals are not just the centers for advertising about the doctors´ services. The government would take stern action against those doctors who hangs their names in the public hospitals and go to work in the private ones.

The Chief Secretary urged the Ministry to direct the public hospitals in the capital including Bir, Kanti, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Gangalal, Paropakar Maternity and Women´s Hospital to run their own Drug Stalls in the hospital premises by claiming that the private drug stalls run around the public hospitals looted in the name of medicines.

People respect doctors as like as the god but the health sector has been the victim of malpractices when the doctors pay more attention for their income than to their services, Chief Secretary Poudyal said.

Secretary at the Ministry Shanta Bahadur Shrestha said the five-year strategic plan is about to be implemented for the reform of the health sector. RSS

Source: Republica