Govt To Focus Attention On Public Health: PM

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Saturday directed all concerned authorities and stakeholders to focus on saving the lives of people in the current situation of the coronavirus epidemic.
Prime Minister Oli gave such instruction during a meeting with public health experts, hospital operators, oxygen cylinder suppliers and other stakeholders at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar.
CPN-UML Parliamentary Party deputy leader Subash Chandra Nembang, who was present at the meeting, said it was sad to hear about the black marketing of life-saving equipment, like oxygen cylinders and medicines even amidst the epidemic.
Prime Minister Oli warned to take stern action against the black marketers as per the legal provisions. Stating that the government’s priority was to save the lives of people, Prime Minister Oli said both the government bodies and the private sector should focus on controlling the pandemic and saving lives of the people.
Expressing his concern over the exorbitant charges of oxygen cylinders, medicines, hospital beds and ambulances against the backdrop of the pandemic, PM Oli urged private sector and government mechanisms to mobilise for protecting the lives of the people, instead of making money in the crisis.
The government would check black-marketing of medical accessories and take action against those engaged in the black-marketing.
Leader Nemwang, quoting the Prime Minister, said, “The government is the guardian of the people. It will play the role of the guardian in the time of crisis.” He said that the government would concentrate all its attention and energy on the health of the people, added Nemwang.
Similarly, Prime Minister Oli pledged that the government would formulate an action plan and move forward without any hesitation in protecting the livelihood of the people.
The meeting was attended by government ministers, public health experts, heads of government hospitals, private hospital operators, oxygen cylinder suppliers and stakeholders working in the health sector.
The discussion started at 4.30 pm and lasted for about four hours.