Nepal: MoH close to finalising free abortion guideline

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Post Report, Kathmandu
More than a year after free of cost abortion plan was announced, the government has set aside Rs 32 million in the fiscal year 2016-17 to start the service

Sep 28, 2016- The government has not been able to start free of cost abortion service more than a year after it was announced in the 2015-16 budget speech.

“We know the government has announced to provide free of cost abortion service but we have not received a specific instruction from the Ministry of Health to that end,” said Dr. Jageshwor Devkota, director of Paropakar Maternity Hospital, the first government hospital specialising in women’s reproductive health.

Dr RP Bichha, chief of Family Health Division at Ministry of Health (MoH), said: “We are in the final phase of completing the guideline. Once it is complete, we will pass it to Ministry of Finance after that we will be able to start the service. It might take around two to three more weeks.”

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Source: Kathmandu Post