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Bharatpur Hospital buys Rs 300 million worth of medical equipment

Patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital

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CHITWAN  — Bharatpur Hospital has bought 32 types of new medical and other appliances worth around Rs 300 million.

Most of the purchased equipment have arrived while efforts are underway to bring the rest, said medical superintendent of the Hospital Dr Rudra Marasini.

As a result, patients who would otherwise be forced to visit private hospitals for medical tests and other treatment, incurring high cost are expected to benefit from the government hospital.

The process to buy the equipment took forward after the Ministry of Health ensured budget to the hospital for the same through the Finance Ministry.

A total of 12 sets of equipment necessary for kidney dialysis have been installed, Dr Marasini said, adding that the service will be provided at the hospital after a week.

So far only two medical colleges have been providing dialysis service in the district. Likewise, a 128-slice CT scanner has also been installed.

Other purchased equipment include five medical ventilators, laboratory equipment, an x-ray machine, two ultrasound machines, four anaesthetic machines, a freezer with capacity to store 15 corpses at a time and a washing machine.

The purchase was made following due process as per the existing laws, Dr Marasini said.

Approximately 200,000 patients from the district and neighbouring areas receive treatment at the hospital annually, said Chairman of the Hospital Development Committee Raj Kumar Rajbhandari.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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