32 months after quake, hospital finally gets its building

January 3, 2018 05:00 AM Him Nath Devkota


RASUWA, Jan 3: Rasuwa’ district hospital has moved into its new building. The hospital had been providing services from tent after its building was destroyed by earthquake in April, 2015. Building of the hospital, which caters around 30 to 50 patients in a day, was fully damaged by the earthquake. The new building has 15 beds and 26 rooms. 

Though the building was to complete by June, it was delayed in lack of construction materials and workers. The building was constructed with technical and financial aid from Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) informed its Rasuwa district chairperson Babulal Tamang. “Red Cross provided materials and other technical support for the building,” he said. 

Gun Nithi Sharma, chief of District Health Office stated that the hospital would start operating from the building shortly. “The building has been handed over to the hospital management. Now, it will operate from there very soon,” he said. On Tuesday, Tamang handed over the keys to Sharma. 

During the past 32 months, the hospital had been operating from tents, which are in pathetic conditions. The hospital staffs stated that they would not have been able to continue providing services from the tents any longer this winter as it would have been cold in there. 
The hospital is frequented mostly by patients from Gosaikunda and Parbatikunda area, which lie in the upper part of district. Those from the lower parts often head to Nuwakot or Kathmandu for health checkup as that is more convenient for them. 

The only hospital currently in operation in the whole district is the district hospital. 
Besides the district hospital, there are 17 health posts, four community health units, two ayurved health centers and a primary health center in operation across the district.

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