By Our Reporter
Japan supported reconstruction works of the Paropakar Maternity & Women’s Hospital and Bir Hospital have been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Health and Population amidst a function last week.
The new building of the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital was inaugurated by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, and Bir Hospital by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population, Upendra Yadav respectively. The event was also attended by Japanese ambassador Masamichi Saigo and the chief representative of JICA Nepal Office, Ms. Yumiko Asakuma.
Japan has supported the reconstruction of the hospitals along with the provision of essential medical equipment. The reconstruction work falls under Japan’s grant assistance ‘Program for Rehabilitation and Recovery from Nepal Earthquake’ as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Nepal.
The Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital’s building is for multiple medical services and educational purposes whereas the new 3-storey building of Bir Hospital is for various functions including ICU and cardiology department. The new buildings are equipped with different back-up systems that will allow the hospital to continue its operations without disruption in post-disaster emergencies. Furthermore, compared to the old building, various functionalities have been enhanced, so that a seamless flow of obstetric care can be provided.
The new structure of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital is expected to provide effective and efficient services to more women, mothers, and babies receiving standard medical facilities from this hospital and will serve as a model hospital for Nepal, which combines quality medical services and disaster preparedness, a model that should be adopted by other hospitals as well.
Addressing the function, ambassador Saigo hoped that the reconstruction of Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital would provide quality reproductive health service to women and essential care for mother and new born babies. Likewise, Bir Hospital would provide quality health service to the general public. As a true friend of Nepal, he expressed his confidence that Japan would continue to cooperate the rehabilitation and recovery from the earthquake based of their experiences of disaster prevention to achieve Nepal’s goal of Prosperous Nepal Happy Nepali.