With the Supreme Court (SC) upholding the decision of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to allow the Bir Hospital run the National Trauma Center, the hospital is preparing to provide services through the center from Tuesday.
The SC on Sunday upheld the decision of MoHP to allow Bir Hospital to run the center.
Ashok Bajracharya director at the center had challenged the MoHP decision at the Supreme Court.
“As the Supreme Court has issued its verdict in our favor, we are preparing to start the trauma center from Tuesday,” Dr Swyam Prakash Pandit, director at Bir Hospital, said. He informed the hospital will deploy orthopedics and neuro surgeons of the Bir hospital to provide treatment to trauma patients.
According to director Pandit, the hospital will own all properties of the center on Tuesday. “We will also send other employees like lab technicians and administrative staff to the center,” said Dr Pandit. He informed that the hospital will start the service from 50 beds in the initial phase.
“We hope that the government will send required human resource to the center as soon as possible,” said Pandit.
The 200-bed super-specialty facility was handed over to the Nepal government by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 25, 2014. Modi and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had jointly inaugurated the building constructed at a cost of approximately IRs 1.5 billion some six years ago. However, the center had not come into operation due to lack of government support. The MoHP had sent 29 staffers, including doctors, on deputation but 12 had returned to their respective hospitals completing their terms.
The eight-storey trauma building had remained closed for over six years due to the government´s failure to bring it into operation. If run at full capacity, the facility is capable of providing complex, multi-disciplinary treatment, including neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. Trauma is the third most common cause of death and fourth most common cause of physical disability.