Kathmandu, Jan. 9: The government is, in its bid to ensure health services to all, preparing to operate 'mobile hospitals' in the remote parts of the country lacking health facilities.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) said it was working on its plan for rendering mobile healthcare services to the people in the remote areas deprived of health facilities, from the Nepali month of Magh in collaboration with the Nepal Army (NA).
The Ministry is closer to sign an agreement with the Nepal Army (NA) regarding the operation of mobile health services targeting the rural people, according to Ministry Under-Secretary Ram Krishna Lamichhane.
Currently the NA mobile health services are only available in Dhangadhi (Far Western Region) and in the capital (Central Region).
The Ministry has planned to extend such services to other areas which are in dire for long. The Ministry has already approached the Ministries of Home and Defence with a proposal for the operation of health services to the people of far-flung area in collaboration with the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force.
Agreements have already been reached on opening hospitals operated by the NA and Nepal Police for the general people as well, providing seed money to pharmacies meant for serving the general public, hire health professionals appointed under the NA, Nepal Police and APF bodies in district hospitals and other health facilities based in Karnali zone, mountainous districts and in other districts where the Ministry sees necessary. Scholarship and foreign training would be provided by the Ministry for health professionals of security bodies, Under Secretary Lamichhane said.
Likewise, an agreement on using the NA helicopters for emergency rescue is forthcoming, the Ministry added.
The government is set to make arrangement for medical treatment for the VVIPs in the Birendra Sainik Hospital at Chhauni, Kathmandu, shared Under-Secretary Lamichhane, adding "The decision to this effect has been made after rounds of talks between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the management of the Birendra Sainik Hospital in view of security concerns of the VIPs."
The MoH, in order to facilitate the treatment of the VIPs, has put in place a provision wherein the VVIPs will be offered medical care from the VIP cabin of the Hospital. Arrangements will be made to provide medical treatment to the VIPs from the Bir Hospital and the Civil Hospital too, according to the MoH.
Although the biggest government health facility, Bir Hospital, too has a VIP cabin for the treatment of VVIPs, it is not being used for a long time for no VVIPs have visited it for treatment.
Since VVIPs have been seeking checkups and minor treatment abroad causing severe dent on State's fund, the meeting of the Council of the Ministers nearly a month ago endorsed an amended Directive according to which up to Rs 1.5 million could be released for the VIPs for the treatment abroad. RSS