Kathmandu, July 12 : The reconstruction of the main building of Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital in Thapathali and a building of Bir Hospital, that were damaged in the April 2015 earthquake, has been completed.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the reconstructed building of the Maternity Hospital, while Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav inaugurated the reconstructed building of Bir Hospital.
The Maternity Hospital and Bir Hospital buildings were reconstructed through the Ministry of Health and Population with technical and financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the earthquake-damaged health facilities infrastructure reconstruction program as per the bilateral agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Japanese government.
The reconstructed Maternity Hospital has 182 beds, while Bir Hospital has 94 beds. The construction cost of these two buildings is Rs. 2.36 billion.
Speaking at the function organized by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Ministry of Health and Population, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed confidence that the reconstructed modern building would make an important contribution in the service of the Maternity Hospital. He expressed joy over the construction of ultra-modern and safe building as per the reconstruction concept of build back better and safer.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav expressed confidence that women and children would get better quality service from the reconstructed Maternity Hospital, and added that such hospitals should also be constructed outside the Kathmandu Valley.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRA Sushil Gyewali said the reconstruction of Maternity and Bir hospitals had given a message that structures damaged by earthquake could be reconstructed by mobilizing international community. He said a lot of work had been done in the reconstruction of health facilities, private housing, educational institutions and heritages, and expressed commitment that the remaining work, too, would be completed on time.
Japanese ambassador to Nepal Masamichi Saigo expressed happiness for being able to support the post-earthquake reconstruction and expressed confidence that the reconstructed hospitals would provide better services.
Director of Maternity Hospital Jageshwar Gautam said the services of the hospital had been crippled after the earthquake, but has re-expanded after the reconstruction. He thanked everyone who supported the reconstruction of the hospital.
Altogether 643 health facilities among the 1,197 damaged by 2015 earthquake have been reconstructed, and reconstruction is going on in 145 hospitals.