Rs 5b sought for healthcare sector

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 26, 2015-

The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has sought Rs 5 billion from the Finance Ministry to rebuild the earthquake-destroyed healthcare facilities and to rehabilitate the injured.

The April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks have severely damaged around 500 health institutions, mainly in Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Gorkha and Dhading districts.

The MoHP plans to use a major chunk of the sought amount in reconstruction.

“Around 80 percent of the budget will be invested in reconstruction,” said Mahendra Shrestha, a senior MoHP official.

The MoHP has asked the Finance Ministry to immediately provide Rs 1 billion to make temporary arrangement to operate the health institutions and purchase medicines.

Besides, the MoHP also needs funds for epidemic preparations and monitoring, said Shrestha “As monsoon is approaching, we are more focused on averting any epidemic outbreaks this year.”

The MoHP is also planning to run a short-term rehabilitation programme for about six months to treat the injured people who need periodic follow-up.

“Here, the expenses include medication, food and operation cost of the rehabilitation centres, which makes around 10 percent of the sought budget,” said Shrestha.

The budget was proposed after assessing the earthquake-caused damage to the healthcare facilities in different parts of the country.

Published: 27-05-2015 07:20

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