MAHENDRANAGAR: Twenty-six government he-alth facilities across Kanchhanpur district are facing acute shortage of medicine due to bandhs called by the locals demanding undivided far-west and Rana Tha-ru, demanding for autono-mous Rana Tharu state.
According to the District Public Heath Office Kanchhanpur, medicines have not been supplied in the district following the bandh and health centres are in grave need of emergency medicines.
Shivadatta Bhatta, officer at the DPHO, urged the bandh enforcers and other stakeholders to allow ferrying of medicines as patients are at the receiving end.
Mahendranagar-based Mahakali Zonal Hospital said although the number of patients is increasing with the onset of summer, they are unable to provide effective health service due to shortage of medicines.
Besides, the bandh has also affected regular vaccination meant for infants as the vaccines could not be ferried. Some of the medicine entrepreneurs have started ferrying medicine from India considering the acute shortage of medicine in the area. Service seekers lamented that they are compelled to pay high price for the medicine that is ferried from India.
Meanwhile, life in Kanchhanpur district has been thrown out of gear due to the continuous bandh. Locals have been using fire wood due to shortage of cooking gas in the market. They expressed their disappointment since neither the government nor leaders have been able to address their problems.