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KATHMANDU: The Intensive Care Unit of the Nawalpur snakebite treatment center at ward no. 1 of Lalbandi municipality has been out of service due to lack of doctors. The ICU is also equipped with a ventilator.
The ICU along with the ventilator was established almost eight months ago at the total cost of Rs. 3 million. The government of State no 2 had provided support to the establishment of the ICU.
The ICU and ventilator have been rendered useless for lack of a doctor, said chair of the centre management committee Bodharaj Kafley. “Our repeated plea to the Health Ministry to depute a doctor has not been heard yet,” he said.
The center was established six years ago, considering the increasing incidents of snake bites in Sarlahi and neighbouring districts. It usually receives 1o to 12 cases in a day during the summer season. It has so far provided treatment to 4,500 patients.
The center also has an ambulance to ferry the patients of snakebites. With support from the UNDP in Nepal, a solar power system is being installed to provide round-the-clock service to the patients, Kafley said.