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UAE opens embassy in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — The United Arab Emirates has opened its embassy in Kathmandu.

Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, inaugurated the embassy amid a function in Lazimpat, Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Speaking on the event, Nahyan said bilateral ties between Nepal and UAE had reached a new height with the establishment of the Gulf nation’s residential mission in Kathmandu.

Saeed Hamdan al Naqbi has been designated as UAE’s first residential ambassador to Nepal. He will soon present his Letter of Credence to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, according to Deepak Adhikari, joint secretary at the foreign ministry.

Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, who was also present on the event, said the establishment of the embassy would facilitate hundreds of thousands Nepali workers seeking employment in the UAE.

Earlier, UAE’s embassy based in New Delhi had been concurrently looking after Nepal.

Nepal had set up its embassy in Abu Dhabi in 2004. The diplomatic relations between the two countries was established on January 22, 1977.

UAE is one of top job destinations of Nepali migrant workers. It is estimated that about half a million Nepalis are working there.

Meanwhile, Nahyan has called on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, separately.

During the meeting, the UAE minister urged PM Oli to conclude the proposed Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between the two countries so that the Gulf country can make more investments in Nepal, according to the prime minister’s foreign affairs expert Gopal Khanal.

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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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