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PM Oli calls all party meeting

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has called an all-party meeting Saturday to talk about Madhes movement, reconstruction and budgetary issues.

The PM has invited all political parties represented in the parliament on the eve of parliament’s budget session, which is scheduled to begin from May 3.

As per the PM’s press advisor, Pramod Dahal, Oli will talk about the reconstruction process and the financial budget session of the parliament with the leaders.

“He will brief the leaders about the government’s policy and program and the budget. He will also discuss about the upcoming parliament session and urge political parties to support the reconstruction works by mobilizing volunteers,” said Dahal.

The PM was likely to urge all the political parties to send volunteers, along with engineers deployed by the government, to help assist reconstruction in the earthquake-affected districts, according to Dahal.

Meanwhile, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar held a meeting with the chief whips of all parliamentary parties on Friday and discussed the business of budget session.

According to Bhanubhakta Dhakal, the chief whip of CPN-UML, the meeting was mainly about scheduling the business of the upcoming session, including the dates for presentation of government’s policy and programs and pre-budget discussions.

Earlier, Speaker Gharti met Nepali Congress Chairman and parliamentary party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday at his residence and urged Deuba to seek ways to settle disputes regarding the parliamentary regulation.

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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.

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