KATHMANDU – The federal government has ensured resources for the establishment of a total of 396 basic hospitals at the local level. Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel granted permission to the Ministry of Health and Population to move forward with infrastructure development worth Rs 57.97 billion.
The Finance Ministry has decided to grant permission to the Ministry to forward contract processes to construct five to 15 bed basic hospitals to be completed within two years, said the Ministry’s Spokesperson Rameshwor Dangal. The funds used in the construction will be included in the annual budget of the Health Ministry and the budget will be provided to the local level as grants.
Earlier, the Finance Ministry had released Rs 6.12 billion for the construction of basic hospitals at the local level. A meeting attended by Minister Poudel and Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal a month ago decided to lay the foundation stone for the construction of hospital buildings on November 30 under the programme to ensure quality basic health service to citizens.
The policies and programmes for the fiscal year of 2020/21 has mentioned the establishment of five to 15 bed basic hospitals at all local levels of the country.