Delay in Road Maintenance, Locals Compelled to Carry Patients in Stretcher
Due to continuous rainfall, the roads of the rural areas have been obstructed for almost one year now. The locals residing in these areas have been suffering to get health services and other sorts of services.
Kalpana Upadhyay, a local of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality-5 said people of the area from Khaptachanna Rural Municipality to Jayaprithvi Municipality leading to headquarters at Chainpur have been deprived of health and other mandatory services since October 17, 2021.
Gautam Rokaya of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality-4 Meltadi broke his right hand while playing and was carried on a stretcher to the hospital walking for seven hours to reach Chainpur after treatment was not possible at the local health post, lamented his uncle Lokendra Rawal.
He further added- ‘It has been almost one year since the roads were damaged due to rainfall. As the roads were not constructed on time, public vehicles are not operating. Due to the barrier in commuting, we are compelled to carry the patients in a stretcher and carry them to the hospital by walking for seven hours.’
Sushil Sarki, 13, of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality-5, Sutarigaun, had to go to Delhi, India for treatment on July 24 after he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. His family complained that they carried him on a stretcher to the bus park at District Headquarters due to damaged roads.
Bhote Sarki, a resident of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality, complained that since the floods that occurred from October 17 to 20, caused damage to the roads in Jadarigand, it was difficult for the locals to get essential services.
He said – ‘Even after a year, the road has not been repaired. It is difficult for pregnant women, senior citizens, disabled and children to get services easily when they have health problems.
Gyan Bahadur Chauhan, a resident of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality-7, complained that some parts of Khadak had been repaired in the month of May, but when all the repaired parts were washed away by the rains, the road was blocked in most of the areas.
He said – ‘The means of transportation have not been able to operate. It is difficult to take patients to the hospital. Students are uncomfortable going to school. Although the stakeholders have been requested time and time again, the construction work has not been done.
Gyan Bahadur Chauhan, a resident of Khaptadchanna Rural Municipality-7, complained that some parts of Khadak had been repaired in the month of May, but all the repaired parts were swept away by the rains and the road was blocked in most of the areas.
He said – ‘The means of transportation have not been able to run. It is difficult to get sick people to the hospital. Students are uncomfortable going to school. Although the relevant agencies have been requested time and time again, the upgrade work of Khadak has not been done.
Bishnu Thapa, the deputy chairperson of Khaptadchanna rural municipality, admitted that during the rainy season, the road is blocked, and the locals, including himself, face problems.
He said – the road has been blocked at four/five places by the river. Even if it is repaired now, the river will change its course and flow. Therefore, we will start the repair work from the month of October after the rain subsides ‘
Local youths have been repairing the blocked roads in various places.
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