However, there are
practically no vacancies in rehabilitation centers which the mainly
uninsured people could afford. For a population of 23 million people in
Nepal there is only one department in a hospital in Pokhara,
specialized in the treatment of lepers, procuring rehabilitation
facilities for paraplegics, apart from the SIRC.
After the acute medical
operations and treatments the paraplegic patients are usually simply
left to their families. Quite a few of them ask their families to not
nourish them anymore, thus choosing suicide, as – lacking a
suitable therapy – they do not see a chance for a meaningful
life and present to be a burden for their surroundings.