Govt prepared for emergency situations

Kathmandu

Aug 1, 2014-

In the run-up to the Kathmandu visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is making all necessary arrangements to make the high-level visit a success.       

Given the significance of the visit, the government wants to make sure the hospitality is top-notch. And in case of any untoward events, the government has made the best troubleshooting arrangement.  The government has directed two hospitals in the Capital to stay prepared for any medical emergencies that may come up during Modi’s two-day stay in Kathmandu.

The government has identified Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center (MCVTC) of Institute of Medicine as the main health service provider, while Norvic International Hospital of Thapathali has been asked to remain on stand-by “in case of any eventuality”.

It is learnt that Indian Embassy in Nepal had written a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 29 stating that in view of Modi’s visit, the “mission has identified the two hospitals to provide finite care in case of any eventuality”. MCVTC has already reserved a special cabin and a Critical Care Unit bed. Prof Dr Ratna Raj Poudyal, executive director of MCVTC, said they have requested a majority of the doctors from TUTH, including general medicine, nephrology, gastro-intestinal surgery and critical care, to remain alert during Modi’s visit.

Dr Om Murti Anil, cardiologist of the MCVTC, has been designated as the coordinator of primary health care team for Modi. In case of any emergency, Indian Embassy will either contact Dr Anil or Dr Poudyal.  Sources said Wing Commander at the Indian Embassy Rabi Sharma is dealing with the health issues related to Modi. Norvic Hospital representative said they have made all the necessary arrangements for the same. Rajendra Bahadur Singh, chief executive officer of the hospital, did not comment, citing it as a matter of security.  During Modi’s stay, two ambulances will be kept on stand-by.   One  ambulance with a medical team will accompany Modi’s motorcade. He will also be accompanied by his personal physician.

Published: 02-08-2014 09:58

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