KATHMANDU: Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has urged the government to allocate at least 10 per cent of the total budget for the health sector in order to implement the government policy to provide basic health service.
The Article 16(2) of the Interim Constitution has said that a citizen is entitled to the free basic health service.
In a statement on Friday, the NMA demanded that the basic health service be clearly mentioned in the new fiscal budget to ensure the provision of compulsory services related to infant and maternity health and immunisation.
The umbrella organisation of medical professionals further said the budget should talk about the 'care and support' of senior citizens, who are more than 15 per cent of the total population, and deal with the one doctor per VDC policy, provision of maternity and dental services in every constituency and special package for the female community health volunteers.
In a statement on Friday, NMA General Secretary Dr. Mukti Ram Shrestha said the NMA has drawn attention of the Finance Minister to prioritise the issues related to health sector's organogram and extension of manpower based on the population, and make this fiscal year's budget health sector-oriented.
The NMA has argued that a minimum of 10 per cent of country's budget is required to address the existing problems in the health sector.