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Health crisis

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
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A health worker shows an empty refrigerator at Thapathali Maternity Hospital. The blockade has led to shortages of essential drugs across Nepal. Photo: Gopen Rai

International humanitarian organisations supporting Nepal in health sector have expressed their concern at growing shortages of lifesaving medicines at health care facilities across the country.

They have also expressed their concern at the ongoing fuel crisis that is severely impeding health service delivery.

Citing rights to timely access to health care and emphasising the seriousness of the present situation and its humanitarian implications, they have urged all sides to address restrictions on the import and free movement of essential supplies including vaccines, drugs and other medical goods.

A statement jointly issued by WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UKAID, KOICA, GIZ and KFW says: “Health care facilities at all levels lack over half of essential supply requirements and disruptions to public health programs, including routine immunization, will have an extremely serious and lasting impact on the health of children.”

“Should the situation be prolonged, the effects will be exacerbated,” warns the statement.

Nepal is now reeling under a humanitarian crisis caused by Madhesi protests and India’s blockade. After Nepal passed its constitution on 20 September, India restricted supplies of essential commodities across the border citing Madhesi protests.

Ruling parties in Kathmandu are now negotiating with Madhesi parties and New Delhi to find a political solution to ease the crisis that has badly affected people still revering from the April earthquake.

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3 Responses to “Health crisis”

  1. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    these organizations can withdraw all support to India

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    […] of Nepalis are facing an acute shortage of fuel, medicines and essentials because a section feels justified in choking the entire nation to get their demands met. What […]

  3. Sonea on Says:

    Nepal government have to look for alternative now, a good alternative…….

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