Full fledged health services by ‘mid-July’

  • post quake recovery
- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jun 15, 2015-

Despite the onset of monsoon, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is planning to station human resources and other logistics in earthquake affected districts only by mid-July.

July is considered the rainiest month of the year, posing serious challenges to health workers on the ground who provide services for those injured during the quake as well as the sick ones. Lack of temporary shelters or tents could possibly add to their woes.

As many as 400 government health institutes including five hospitals have been reduced to rubble while 16 private facilities are also destroyed. The MoHP states that nearly 84% (375 out of 446) of the damaged health facilities are from the 14 most affected districts.

In its Post Disaster Need Assessment submitted to the National Planning Commission, the MoHP states that by mid July they will “ensure follow up treatment of those injured, resumption of health services and enable districts offices and facilities to deal with foreseen immediate risk and vulnerabilities by providing necessary logistics such as drugs and supplies and budget for preparedness and rapid response.”

“We do not think it is going to be that late. Some of the equipment and drugs have been already sent while some are on its way,” said Mahendra Shrestha, chief of Policy, Planning and International Cooperation Division (PPICD) at the ministry. “We have also stationed some medical officers in worst affected districts. However, they might not be sufficient as we are struggling to hire doctors.” The MoHP has decided to allocate funds to build temporary shelters. The MoHP has earmarked Rs 30,000 for health posts while Rs 50,000 will be provided to Primary Health Care Centre. Shrestha said that additional funds will be allocated for demolition of damaged buildings and to complete repair works.

Rs 14.69b sought for health sector

The MoHP has sought Rs 14.69 billion for recovery and reconstruction in the PDNA. Out of the total, the MoHP has stated that Rs 195 million was required for resuming services in the affected areas particularly for “temporary structure, renting, drugs and supplies, prevention of outbreak and treatment of those affected by the earthquake.”

Another Rs 1.34 billion is sought to accomplish its intermediate plan for the fiscal year 2015/16 and Rs 13.14 billion for next four years until fiscal year 2019/20. “The district level needs 57.2% of the funds while the rest of the amount is for central level,” the PDNA states.

Published: 16-06-2015 08:04

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