BIRATNAGAR — Chairman of the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN), Upendra Yadav has said that the federal alliance will not sit for talks with the government anymore and that the alliance was preparing for launching stringent protests against the government.
Talking to journalists at Biratnagar Airport Wednesday morning, Yadav said that the government did not budge even an inch from its stance even though the alliance sat for dialogue with the government for 36 times.
“Therefore, it is meaningless to hold any talks with the government. We are now making preparations to make our demands heard by means of street protests,” Yadav said.
He added that the alliance will picket Singha Durbar on May 15, warning that the people will retaliate if the government resorted to suppressing the protests.
He argued that local body elections should not be held without finalizing the issue of federalism. He further said that the outline of local governance should be clearly defined in the constitution itself. “The local bodies should be restructured and the constitution should be rewritten. Holding local elections is the right of the provincial governments, not that of the central government.”
Claiming that the federal alliance is not in the game of making or breaking the government, Yadav said the alliance will launch protests to ensure the rights of Madhesis, indigenous people, nationalities, women and Dalits.
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