APR 09, 2012 Kathmandu – As United Nation and other governments around the world is marking the world health day, Nepal also observed the same on Friday with the slogan “Aging and Health: Good Health Adds Life to Years.”
A special program was organized on the occasion of the World Health Day in the capital. Addressing the ceremony, Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, Praveen Mishra, said that as the country is moving towards a demographic change, the new health policy is the need of the hour.
He said the government has been providing various facilities and initiated various programs to take better care of the aged but what has been done is not sufficient.
Health experts here have stressed the urgent need for healthy aging in the country which will be possible only after formulating more effective national health policies.
Nepal’s government has been providing free essential services to the aged and supporting heart patients aged 75 and above via the “social security program.”
The population division under the Health Ministry is conducting aging survey in near future to figure out the problem and challenges faced by elderly people in the country, he added.
At Present, there are no health insurance policies are in action in Nepal and many people are not getting the health care facilities as they are far from the health centers and hospitals. Nepal’s mountains are still far from reach by medical facilities where normal diseases like diarrhea and high fever takes lives of mountain people.