Kathmandu- The government has decided to designate Bir Hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
According to Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, a meeting of the Health Emergency Command System held today has decided to designate Bir Hospital as a priority hospital for the treatment of patients infected with the deadly virus.
Dr. Gautam added that regular health care services at Bir Hospital will be provided at the National Trauma Centre. With this move from the government, patients currently at Bir Hospital will be shifted to the National Trauma Centre.
Prior to this, Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital and Armed Police Force Hospital in Balambu were designated as hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the capital of Kathmandu.
Likewise, the Ministry and Health Service Department will deploy medical students from different institutions as volunteers for the prevention and control of the coronavirus upon signing a contract.
Spokesperson Dr. Gautam stated that the volunteers will visit various places that have reported COVID-19 cases in order to campaign and raise awareness through events.
Similarly, the Ministry of Finance has released a budget for 60 ICU beds. Dr. Gautam stated that these beds will be readied at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and Dhulikhel Hospital.