KATHMANDU — Sanghiya Gathabandhan(Federal Alliance), a coalition of more than two dozen parties — Madhesi and Janajatis — dissenting the Constitution, decided to continue the Singha Darbar gherao program till Tuesday.
Protesters affiliated to Sanghiya Gathabandhan on Sunday blocked entry points to the government secretariat demanding constitution amendment to reflect their aspirations.
Later in the evening, Gathabandhan partners held a meeting at the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal’s party office to review the program and decided to extend Singha Durbar picketing by two more days.
“The gherao program will stay until Tuesday. Talks are going ahead to disclose more programs of protest,” said Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav.
The Gathabandhan would meet again on Monday again to decide whether to change the type of the protest, said Yadav.
The Gathabandhan concluded that the demonstration was peaceful and successful today.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has extended his support to the Kathmandu-centric protest of the Madhesi-Janajati alliance.
Issuing a statement on Sunday, Bhattarai pledged his moral support to the agitation and the protesters’ demands. He also regretted the delay in addressing the demands of the agitating communities.Follow @gorkhapost
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