KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday called for expediting the reconstruction campaign with confidence.
At a program held at Swoyambhunath, PM Oli conceded that the reconstruction could not accelerate even a year after the massive earthquake and pledged not to delay it anymore.
“People are facing difficulty and deprived of facility, so I have instructed the concerned authority for ramping up the reconstruction campaign,” PM Oli said, and stressed further, “Let us all work for it with confidence so that we can rebuild and develop the country.”
He said rebuilding around 800,000 houses destroyed in the earthquake was a difficult challenge even if the government extended the grant, hence needing a plan for construction of communal shelter.
The PM added that the sluggish start of the reconstruction work is to be blamed also on the delay in the formulation of laws. He expressed belief the overdue work would gain pace citing that reconstruction was already underway in more than 10 districts.
PM Oli also called for preserving the historical art, religion and culture that are the ‘wealth of our belief‘.
Archaeological Department Director General, Bhesh Narayan Dahal, said the cost-estimate for reconstruction of the Swoyambhunath was set at Rs 17.1 million. The budget is for reconstruction of five heritages and 24 Pujari Ghars (houses for the priests).
The Anantapur, Dev Dharma Mahabihar and Tanshigorma Mahachaitya built by Pratap Malla, the then King of ancient Kantipur, were damaged during the earthquake.
Swoyambhunath Management and Conservation General Committee Chairman, Sarwagya Ratna Tuladhar, said the government should prioritise reconstruction of the cultural monuments.
Senior leaders of the four major political parties would launch the reconstruction work in four important heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley to mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake.
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