Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has described the contribution made by the Bir Hospital to health treatment in the country since its establishment till date is unparalleled.
Addressing a programme organized on the occasion of the 133rd anniversary of Bir Hospital here today, he said the Hospital has been able to win the confidence of the general public by providing quality health treatment services.
PM Deuba expressed the government’s commitment for upgrading the hospital, which, he said, is the centre of faith of the general public in medical treatment sector. “I express my best wishes to this hospital which remains as the whole country’s referral hospital due to the skilled, experienced and dutiful health workers and doctors and other capable human resources for further qualitative treatment service delivery in the coming days,” he said.
Prime Minister Deuba thanked the health workers, doctors among other human resources of the Hospital for the ‘valuable service and support’ they provided for the treatment of patients whether it be during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake or a pandemic like COVID-19.
He congratulated the Hospital for creating an environment enabling providing international-standard service by increasing its capacity to 960 beds establishing a separate identity in the national and international arena.
The PM said: “My attention has been drawn to the fact that works have not started yet on constructing the Hospital’s extension at Duwakot of Bhaktapur. I direct the ministry concerned to move ahead the works to this regard with priority.”On the occasion, he instructed the related bodies to allocate adequate budget for managing the required number of medical equipment including ICU and ventilators at the Hospital which is frequented by the members of the general public. He also urged the office-bearers of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) to implement programmes that help keep the morale of the human resources at the Hospital high and to manage sufficient number of workforce.
The Head of Government further said that the government has allotted budget to the health sector with priority for developing the physical infrastructures and human resources among other works in this sector as well as implemented various programmes for that purpose.
Stating that the government is effortful towards achieving the health-related goal under the SDG and providing health treatment services to the general public in an easily-accessible manner, he said it is necessary for all sectors to work together in that connection. The PM expressed gratitude to Bir Hospital for providing affordable and accessible health services to the patients from the underprivileged section of the population.
He expressed happiness saying the Bir Hospital has expanded its services as per the need of the public by adding to its services and technology in keeping with the time. Pointing out the need of developing the capacity to fight against various types of epidemics and fully control COVID-19. PM Deuba urged the Hospital management to make necessary arrangements so that even the cancer patients can easily avail of treatment services.
He also pointed out the need of expanding our capacity to provide health services to the patients suffering from non-communicable diseases in the context of the WHO’s forecast that the non-communicable diseases rather than communicable ones would be the major health problems in the world in future.
In this context, Prime Minister Deuba stressed on the need of effectively implementing various programmes useful for the health sector to increase the number of healthy people in the country and to reduce the medical treatment expenses.