KATHMANDU, Jan 18: The US government, in partnership with the Nepal government and Nepal Red Cross Society, is building the far-west region's first-ever blood bank in Dhangadhi of Kailali district. This blood bank will be built with a funding of $1.5 million from the American people through the US Department of Defense to provide much-needed blood services in the region.
People in Dhangadhi and surrounding areas of the far west region currently need to travel four hours to reach such a facility in Banke district for life-saving blood transfusions. Nepal's Ministry of Health had identified this as a challenging issue and worked in partnership with the US Embassy to build this facility and in the process save lives throughout the region.
This blood bank will store blood products and also provide complex blood services. Because the Far West region is remote, prone to floods, and susceptible to disasters, providing emergency services like these will have a large impact on the entire region. The blood bank will also have the ability to withhold seismic events.
Meanwhile, Internal Affairs and Law Minister of Sudurpaschim Province, Prakash Shah, Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City Mayor Nirpa Bahadur Od, local authorities, representatives of Nepal Red Cross Society and the US Embassy attended the groundbreaking event.