KATHMANDU, Feb 20: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the recently reconstructed building of Sukman Memorial Polyclinic in Kumar VDC of Nuwakot district amid a function on Sunday.
The building of the community health facility had been damaged by the devastating earthquake of 2015. The new building is expected to benefit over 5,000 people from the area with quality health care facilities, including radiology, pathology and ambulance services.
Addressing the program, Vice President Pun said that although the constitution has guaranteed people's right to healthcare services, most of the rural poor do not have an easy access to health facilities. He, however, expressed his confidence that the new infrastructure will make it possible for the medically underserved locals to get standard health care services.
The hospital infrastructure was built under the initiative of Kathmandu-based Health and Education for Nepal (HEN) with financial assistance from US-based Health & Ed4 Nepal, Trekking for Kids, Mountain Leadership Institute and Sorenson Legal Foundation. The health facility was established in 2013. Vice President Pun lauded the initiative of Jagat Lama, the chairman of HEN, for the establishment of the health service centre and drew the attention of the government of Nepal and the district-based concerned government agencies to extend necessary assistance and cooperation for its sustenance.
At the function, Randy Baker, chairman of Health & Ed4 Nepal, expressed his happiness for being able to help the hospital with the support of his kind-hearted fellow American citizens.
State Minister for Agriculture Radhika Tamang, lawmaker Ram Maya Bogati, former minister Hit Bahadur Tamang, government officials and international delegates, among others, were also present at the function.