GP Koirala Chest Hospital to be set up in Tanahun
KATHMANDU, SEP 10 -
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has decided to establish a hospital specialised in chest-related problems in the memory of former Prime Minister late Girija Prasad Koirala at Dulegauda-VDC 9 in Tanahun district. After two proposed sites for its construction at Mahankal and Chapali of Kathmandu were opposed by various groups, the hospital finally got 160 ropanis of land in Tanahun.
Hari Lamsal, member secretary of a committee formed for the hospital’s establishment, said they have asked the government for Rs 50 million for initial plan and design of the building. “A file has been forwarded by the MoHP to the Ministry of Finance regarding possible donors for the hospital,” said Lamsal.
Kabiraj Khanal, deputy spokesperson at the MoHP, said they have requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to float idea for possible donation, especially from China.
Earlier, a proposed site for the hospital at Mahankal was dragged into controversy after some local groups, most of them affiliated to UCPN (Maoist), opposed the government’s decision. The government had looked over 104 ropanis of land in the area. Following the protests, land was once again acquired at Chapali VDC of Kathmandu. However, this time, too, the District Forest Office (DFO), Kathmandu, halted the construction citing that the land was part of a community forest area. However, it has now been learnt that after stalling for over a year, the DFO has consented for the land.
Lamsal said it would have been better had the DFO decided earlier. “The specialist hospital is closely linked with other health services, which we think will be hard to provide in Tanahun,” Lamsal said, adding that the MoHP should plan earnestly for the availability of various specialists in the hospital.
The hospital is also aiming to create a health-service workforce specialised in chest diseases. Former PM Koirala died of chest-related diseases on March 20, 2010.
Posted on: 2012-09-10 08:30