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Protests and bombing disrupt health care in Nepal

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1052
  1. Kaushal Pandey
  1. Kathmandu

    Healthcare services in Nepal have been severely disrupted in the 19 days of recent protests, the country's medical association said. Sixteen people are reported to have died after protestors took to the streets of Kathmandu and other cities. Many of the protestors were ordinary people demanding a more democratic government, although they included Maoist rebels who have been fighting for the past decade to overthrow the monarchy.

    “We could not carry out routine services to patients owing to the lack of access resulting from curfew and transportation halt,” said Sudha Sharma, the president of the Nepal Medical Association. “Instead we focused more on providing effective emergency service to the protest victims,” she added.

    The medical association formed a committee of doctors, nurses, and paramedics to provide first …

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