RUKUM, May 1: After thirty-two years of its establishment, the District Hospital, Rukum in Musikot Municipality-1, Salle is being upgraded for the first time. Built in 1989, the hospital's infrastructure was set up considering the size of population of that time. However, after the population increased and the number of patients grew steadily, the district hospital is being expanded to accommodate them.
Around 300 patients visit the 15-bed hospital on a daily basis.
The hospital is being upgraded with financial assistance or Rs 6 million provided by the Ministry of Social Development of Karnali Province after patients started facing numerous problems due to the poor infrastructure and seeping roofs of the hospital.
Chair of the hospital management committee, Sundar Oli, informed Republica that the hospital will first and foremost put corrugated sheets on the roof, plaster the walls and fixing tiles with the budget provided by the ministry. He further said upgrading the operation theater, laboratory, emergency and maternity wards are also their priority. The upgrading is expected to complete by the second week of June.
Hospital chief Dr Sushil Pokharel said that the hospital is planning to utilize the budget for expanding beds, purchasing mattresses and fixing bedside lockers.
“Rs 5 million will be invested in building infrastructure while the remaining Rs 1 million will be used to purchase necessary hospital equipment. We are also looking forward to adding 22 beds and other necessary equipment within the current fiscal year,” added Pokharel.