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One-woman wonder, Nagarik



When Dilsari Chhantyal of Khukhani in Baglung falls sick, she travels seven hours on foot to Chhoregaun to visit Chhamaya Argeja's clinic. When her children get sick, she is not satisfied until they are checked by Chhamaya.
Khukhani has plenty of health workers, but Dilsari insists on making the long journey because she finds Chhamaya trustworthy. "I have complete faith in Chhamaya and feel she has the cure to all our problems," explains Dilsari.

Locals in Bungadobhan, Taman, Khunga, Adhikari Chaur, and Nisi of Baglung district and even those in neighbouring Myagdi swear by Chhamaya's services and praise her soft-spoken, attentive approach to healthcare. They say Chhamaya is a one-woman wonder who treats cases of fever, pneumonia, diarrhoea, removes troublesome teeth, and even tends to pregnancy cases.

A woman in Dadagaun, Myagdi who walked a whole day to get some medicines for her ailing stomach, claims there is magic in Chhamaya's prescriptions. "I don't know what it is, but I get cured as soon as I come here," she adds.
There are no doctors at the primary health centre in Burtibang, and trips to hospitals in Baglung's headquarters and Butwal are expensive for many locals, which is why there are long queues outside Chhamaya's clinic. While health workers in nearby area spend their time idling around, she takes care of each patient like a specialist. Rameswor Thakur, chief of the nearby sub-health post is surprised by Chhamaya's popularity.

Chhamaya came to Baglung 14 years ago after earning her Certified Medical Assistant degree. She says people like her methods because she pays attention to her patients' psychological needs instead of just sending them home with boxes of medicines. "People who are ill want the doctor or healthcare worker to listen patiently to their problems and I do just that," she says. And when she feels she can't cure her patients, Chhamaya advises them to go to Pokhara or Kathmandu.



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