Telemedicine benefits Makwanpur villagesSurya Laxmi Lama, a resident of Thaha Municipality-1 in Makwanpur district and a lung cancer patient, reaches the Primary Health Centre at Palung for her follow-up care.
Chiniya Lama, assistant health worker at the centre, said that 20 cancer patients are availing themselves of the service that only requires a working computer and Internet connection. “We got started six months ago. Now, the patients like Surya Laxi can have direct interaction with the doctors in the capital, explain the problems they are having and get the right medical advice,” he said.
Dr Rajesh Gangol, dean of the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, and Dr Pradip Baidhe of TU Teaching Hospital are coordinating with the centre to provide the service to the people who do not have easy access to health institutes. People as far from Tistung and Phakhel villages visit the centre for telemedicine service.