Govt prepared for medical emergency

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 1, 2014-

The government has directed six hospitals in the Capital to stay prepared for medical emergencies that may come up during the seven-day Saarc Summit being held in Kathmandu on November 22-27.

Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) will be the primary care-giver while Bir Hospital, Army Hospital, Civil Service Hospital, Prasuti Griha and Norvic International Hospital will function as subsidiary service providers for the Summit participants.

The government will also set up a medical facility on the premises of City Hall, the meeting venue, and Crowne Plaza Soaltee, the hotel where all Saarc delegates guests will be staying.

“The host Government will establish a well-equipped Medical Unit with doctors, nurses and ambulances in attendance at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza,” a Delegate Handbook released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 18th Saarc Summit reads. “Arrangements have been made to provide medical facilities at Tribhuvan International Airport at the time of arrival and departure of the Heads of State or Government and at the Summit Venue, Rastriya Sabha Griha, during the inaugural and closing ceremonies.”

The TUTH has also made arrangements for separate out-patient and emergency services for the Summit participants. “We have formed a trauma team with almost all the department heads and senior doctors who will be available as per the need,” said Dr Deepak Mahara, director of TUTH.

“For seven days, one ICU bed and four deluxe cabins of the hospital will be made available.” Dr Mahara added an ambulance will also be on standby.

Similarly, Bir Hospital has formed a medical team, including all the department and unit chiefs by Dr Dinesh Shrestha, senior physician of the hospital. Bir Hospital will station two doctors and a nurse, along with an ambulance at City Hall.

Dr Swayam Prasad Pandit, director of Bir Hospital, said all senior doctors and department chiefs have been requested not to stay on leave during the Summit period. He said three doctors from medicine, surgery and anaesthesia, along with nursing staff, will be placed at the hotel where the Summit delegates will be staying.

Published: 02-11-2014 09:18

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