Locals of remote district of Bajura, women in particular, are happy to find the first female doctor in the district.
Dr Uma Bhatta has begun serving at the District Health Office (DHO) on a temporary contract since last week.
“Some female doctors would visit the district for a couple of days during some health camps,” Senior Assistant Health Worker of DHO, Dipak Shah, said, “but she is the first female doctor who would serve the district for longer time.”
Dr Bhatta was earlier working at the Hetauda Hospital of Makawanpur. She said she later decided to come to Bajura due to her interest in remote parts of the nation.
“This is the district which holds the last position in the human development index of 75 districts of Nepal,” the woman from Chaurpani of Gorkha district said, “I have heard that many women’s lives are at risk in the district in want of quality health facilities.”
A female community health volunteer in the district Sita BK said local women have felt ease in approaching health facilities after arrival of the first woman doctor. “Women here are reluctant to approach male doctors,” BK said, “The number of women visiting the health office has suddenly increased in last few days.”
Chief of the DHO, Dr Dosti Regmi, also confirmed sudden increase of women service seekers.