KATHMANDU — A special commemorative event was organized on the occasion of the ‘Day of Vesak’ (Buddha Jayanti) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, on Saturday.
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Acting President of the General Assembly, and representatives of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam made statements on the occasion.
In his statement, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador/Permanent representative of Nepal to the United Nations, said that the Buddha’s timeless teachings of Ahimsa and the Middle-Path have been edifying to our societies for over two millennia, and should resonate with us at the UN, whose ideals are also of non-violence, tolerance and compassion.
He said that the Buddha’s larger message aims to free humankind from the sources of misery and suffering—the Klesha of ignorance, attachment, and aversion.
“This desire to allay human suffering and lift the human condition lies at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, and also at the heart of the work of the United Nations” he said.
The PR called on all to ‘reflect on our efforts at the United Nations to assuage human suffering in all its manifestation’, and to ‘resolve to fortify our efforts on all fronts’ since that would be a true homage to the great apostle of world peace- the Buddha.
In the morning, a food offering ceremony was organized at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, where Nepal also participated and offered Nepalese foods to the monks.
After the adoption of the resolution A/RES/54/115 at UNGA in 2000, of which Nepal was a leading cosponsor, the Vesak Day event has been organized at the UN Headquarters every year with Nepal as a principal organizer or a member of the organizing committee. The event this year was co-hosted by Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Bir Hospital to get new surgery building
KATHMANDU— The oldest hospital of the country, Bir Hospital, is in the process of getting a separate well-equipped building for surgery within the next two years.
The proposed nine-storey building will have 15 operation theaters.
The new building will have a post-operative ward; a 40-bed surgical ward; an Intensive Care Union (ICU); and a library as well. The new infrastructure will also have the facilities friendly to the senior citizens, disabled and the visitors, the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) says.
It is estimated to cost Rs 3.85 billion to complete the construction in two years. It is being constructed in an area of the old building of the NAMS nursing college which collapsed in the 2015 April earthquake. The building construction was inaugurated by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on March 9.
The hospital that had started its services in 1947 BS with 15 beds has now 450 beds. The NAMS operates Nursing, MBBS, MD classes and training as well.
The post of NAMS Chancellor has been lying vacant since the past five months. As shared by an employee, the delay in appointing the chancellor has caused inconveniences to the operation of hospital regular activities.
Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Sushilnath Pyakurel, said the recommendations have been already made before the minister to make appointments in the posts lying vacant in various health academies.
Similarly, infrastructures are being developed to upgrade the hospital by adding extra services including a helipad service for the first time from the government level.
The hospital has started its service from its branch at Duwakot of Bhaktapur from October 10 as part of its service expansion in line with the policy of the Ministry of Health.
The Duwakot branch provides OPD and surgery at present. OPD service starts from 9 am to 5 pm. The NAMS has permitted the construction of well equipped physical infrastructure for the hospital branch to provide international standard service, said the Hospital’s Director Prof Dr Bhupendra Basnet.
The Ministry of Health has allocated Rs 300 million as per the master plan of the NAMS and provided approximately 570 ropanis of land for the construction of physical infrastructures for the hospital branch.
“Necessary human resources including a medical officer, nurses and assistant health workers have been managed for the hospital branch. Medical equipment and other workforce that includes specialist doctors will also be managed as per need,” said Basnet.Follow @gorkhapost