Dhangadhi: Over the span of 15 months, the Provincial Ayurveda Hospital in Dhangadhi, Kailali, has provided medical care to approximately 21,500 patients. In the last financial year alone, the hospital treated 16,380 individuals, highlighting its crucial role in catering to the healthcare needs of the community.
Surendra Bahadur Shahi, the medical inspector and information officer of the Ayurvedic hospital, emphasized the significant patient influx at the Provincial Ayurveda Hospital in Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city-13 of Kailali. Between October 11th and mid-June of the previous financial year, the hospital attended to 11,200 women and 5,118 men, offering treatment services for various diseases.
Recent statistics indicate that 585 individuals availed OPD services from Shravan to mid-Kartik of the current year, with patients traveling from all districts of the Far West Province to seek medical care. Information Officer Shahi noted the increasing interest in Ayurveda, especially for non-communicable diseases, attributing it to the comprehensive approach that Ayurveda provides, encompassing medication and lifestyle counseling.
Shahi asserted that patients who have found little relief elsewhere often express improvement after receiving treatment at the Ayurveda clinic. Rheumatism, gallstones, and stomach diseases were highlighted as common ailments among the patients seeking care at the Ayurveda Hospital.
Commencing its services on Ashoj 11, 2097 BS, the Ayurveda Hospital currently offers OPD, X-ray, Pathology, Purvakarma, and Panchakarma services. The hospital boasts a team of 1 homeopathic and 4 ayurvedic doctors, with yoga sessions also conducted from 5 am to 7 am. Shahi revealed upcoming plans for the introduction of hospital pharmacy, IPD, as well as piles and fistula operation services.
Shahi further explained that 23 types of medicines, sanctioned by the Nepal government, are provided free of charge to patients. While there has been a minimal fee introduced for OPD tickets, X-rays, and medical services this year, certain provisions ensure completely free services for disabled individuals and senior citizens. Over the course of 15 months, the hospital has effectively served 21,498 individuals seeking treatment services.