Rajbiraj, 8 July : Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Upendra Yadav said his ministry had allocated around Rs 750 million for upgradation of Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital in Saptari. DPM Yadav stated that the work on upgrading and modernising the hospital would start shortly.
Yadav, who arrived in his constituency for the first time after becoming the health minister, inspected the health facility and addressed a gathering of hospital doctors, rights activists, and mediapersons.
In response to the concern expressed about lack of manpower at the hospital, the deputy prime minister argued that erroneous system and excessive political interference had affected services at the hospital rather than lack of human resources. “We will change the faulty system to improve services at the hospital,” Yadav stated.
Yadav informed that his ministry had already taken the decision to fill vacant posts of doctors at hospitals and government-run health centres in the district. He said that work was on to prepare the list of doctors from Saptari working at other districts and they would soon be employed at the zonal hospital.
“Most of the doctors from Saptari are reluctant to return to the district. If they love their birthplace, they will have to come back,” he added. He suggested the doctors, who are reluctant to return to Saptari, to quit their government jobs and open private clinics.