As hospitals in Kathmandu Valley reel under a crippling shortage of medical supplies resulting from the border blockade, many of them are limiting the number of surgeries.
Gangalal Heart Centre and Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre are among the hospitals that have cut down on the number of surgeries citing logistical problems. Other health facilities are likely to follow suit as they also face shortages of life-saving drugs and medical supplies.
Doctors at Bir Hospital also fear serious repercussions of the blockade in the near future. Delay in diagnosis or access to treatment could be dangerous.
Hospital directors and doctors in the Valley urged Nepal Medical Association on Monday to build pressure on the government to manage the crisis. In a meeting at the NMA office, hospital administrators voiced their concern that health services were gravely affected as basic medical supplies remain stuck across the border in India. The managers from government referral hospitals including Bir Hospital, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Patan Hospital, Gangalal Heart Centre and Maternity Hospital, Thapathali and authorities from private hospitals attended at the meeting.
Due to the fuel scarcity, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff were unable to report on time, affecting service delivery, hospital directors said. They requested the NMA to hold talks with the Indian Embassy to ease cross- border traffic and global medical associations to “internationalise” the crisis.