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Number of tourists increase at Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — The Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur district has seen an increase an increase in the number of tourists- both domestic and foreign over the years.

The reserve is home to large herds of the swamp deer.

Chief Conservation Officer at the Reserve Ved Kumar Dhakal said that the number of tourists coming to visit the Reserve has increased compared with the earlier years.

As per him, 824 tourists visited Shuklaphanta Reserve in the fiscal year 2013/014 to 2014/015.

The number of tourists visiting the Reserve in the last nine months of the current fiscal year has reached 1,288. It is said 531 tourists visited the Reserve from March 14 to April 12, including 436 domestic tourists.

Dhakal said many foreign tourists also come here for carrying out research study on the flora and fauna of the Reserve.

Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is home to the swamp deer, tiger, rhino, spotted deer, elephant and 300 various bird species.

The Reserve covers a large tract of savannah land, the largest such grassland in the country. It also has wetland area as well as historic place

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Bir Hospital to get new surgery building

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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.

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