The Sushil Koirala-led government is often blamed for being grossly inefficient in almost every front. Its blatantly cold response to the swine flu epidemic in Jajarkot just verifies this blame.
There has been unwarranted delay in both identifying and tackling such epidemic.
The National Public Health Laboratory and the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) confirmed the presence of H1N1 influenza known as swine flu in the district only after the horrendous tragedy.
Over two dozen people have already died and more than a thousand are ailing in due to the epidemic outbreak in remote Jajarkot villages. Had the virus been detected earlier, many people could have been saved.
There has been a massive inflow of patients but the availability of the required medical personnel and medicines is pathetically low.
It is estimated that over 2,500 people in the district are afflicted with the killer H1N1 virus. The symptoms of the disease are headaches, cough and fever.
The postures shown by Health Minister Khaganath Adhikari vis-à-vis the malaise in Jajarkot are strictly ludicrous. Some days back, he visited the district some days back by helicopter while the medicines have yet to reach the remote Jajarkot villages. A large number of the already inflicted people there is suffering more from the abysmally poor heal care facilities.
Moreover, the minister Adhikari even came up with a baseless claim that the government has deployed 200 health workers to the district.
Reliable district reports place the number closer to just 40.
The government and the Ministry of Finance are shying away from release adequate funds for the sake of suffering citizens. This is absolutely appalling.
The cabinet tends to show a great deal of haste and hurry while allocating money for the medical treatment of political leaders.
For instance, two years back, it set aside Rs 6 million for funding treatment of President Ram Baran Yadav in Japan without any delay.
More often than not, the state has blatantly downplayed the plight of the common people by showing irrational infatuation with the personal interest of only political honchos.
The number of deaths from swine flu is rising across the country and there is a possibility of it reaching epidemic proportions in the absence of proper precautionary measures.
So, the government simply cannot afford to remain apathetic towards containing the swine flu.
Apart from releasing the fund required to acquire medical personnel and medicines and to transport them to Jajarkot, the government authorities must conduct awareness programmes on prevention and symptoms. Failure to do so is bound to lead to more catastrophe.