As many as 22 government hospitals have opened pharmacies for the convenience of patients coming to the hospitals.
The Health Ministry informed that out of 23 different hospital, which received seed money sent by the government in the last fiscal year, 22 hospitals have opened their own pharmacies.
“Last year, we had sent seed money to the hospitals for the operation of pharmacies. Of the total 23 hospitals that received the seed money, 22 hospitals have opened their own pharmacies. The remaining one is in the process.”spokesperson at the Ministry Mahendra Shrestha said, “Mahakali Zonal Hospital, which received seed money, has not yet set up its pharmacy.”
Shrestha also said that he has been monitoring the quality of the services provided by pharmacies.
The ministry had provided Rs 30,00,000 to Kanti Bal Hospital, Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Human Organ Transplant Center and Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital to set up their own pharmacies whereas Far-western and mid-western regional hospital received Rs 25,00,000.
Meanwhile, Narayani, Rapti, Dadeldhura sub-regional hospital received Rs 20,00,000. Mechi, Koshi, Sagarmatha, Janakpur, Lumbini, Dhaulagiri, Rapti, Bheri, Seti and Mahakali zonal hospital were provided Rs 15,00,000 as seed money. Bhaktapur, Bharatpur hospitals were given Rs 15,00,000.
The Ministry said that the government has provided the amount to the state-run hospitals for setting up pharmacies at their own at its first phase in a bid to make the medicines more affordable.