KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun on Sunday inaugurated the newly reconstructed building of the Sukman Memorial Polyclinic in Kumar VDC of Nuwakot district amid a function.
The building of the community health facility had been damaged by the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. With the new infrastructure, over 5,000 people from the area will directly be benefitted with quality health care facilities, including radiology, pathology and ambulance services.
Addressing the program Vice-president Pun said that although the constitution has guaranteed the people's rights to healthcare services, most of the rural poor do not have easy access to them and expressed his confidence that the new facility will make it possible for the medically underserved locals to have 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 called upon the attention of the Nepal governmentand the district-based relevant government agencies to extend necessary assistance and cooperation for its sustenance.
At the function, Randy Baker, chairman of Health & Ed4 Nepal expressed his happiness to have been able to help the hospital all through the humanitarian support of his kind-hearted American fellows in addressing this common cause of health care issue of the locals.
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 program.