UN Resident Coordinator calls on Minister Basnet

Published On: August 14, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Kathmandu, Aug 14: United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Nepal, Hanaa Singer- Hamdy, today paid a courtesy call on Minister for Health and Population, Mohan Bahadur Basnet. 

During the meeting, the two discussed matters relating to coordination and cooperation between the government and UN bodies in Nepal's health sector.

The Minister apprised the UN coordinator that the government owned a policy to enhance citizens' access to health services, ensuring free treatment for those who are unable to afford it.

He applauded the UN cooperation to Nepal during emergencies including the 2015 earthquake, natural disasters and COVID-19 pandemic, expecting to see a rising scale of such cooperation aligning with the government's endeavors aiming to improve the health service system.

The UN resident coordinator assured that the areas requiring UN cooperation in Nepal would be assessed soon through discussions and consultations and programmes would be designed accordingly. She stressed that clarity was needed regarding the modality of cooperation with the provincial and the federal governments.

She advised Nepal to first identify the areas for improvements in its health sector, adding that donor agencies would design the plans on the basis of the same assessment. 



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