Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has said it will build all health facilities damaged or destroyed during the earthquake using prefab technology. Officials at the MoHP informed that the ministry has already reached an agreement with donor agencies to build 400 prefab health facilities.
Over 700 health facilities, including a few district hospitals and over 450 health posts suffered some kind of damage.
“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with German aid agency GIZ to construct 60 health posts in Nuwakot and Dhading districts,” said Mahendra Bahadur Shrestha, chief of the Management Division at the MoHP.
Shrestha informed that the ministry has also given the approval to build 11 prefab health posts in Sindhupalchowk district to America Nepal Medical foundation.
According to Shrestha, several other donor agencies have shown interest in constructing health facilities using prefab technology. “We will sign MoUs with others as soon as possible,” added Shrestha.
He said that new health posts will have advance facilities. The MoHP said that the donor agencies have to meet the government set standards while building health facilities.
The MoHP had recently upgraded over 2,200 sub-health posts into health posts but it has not been able to ensure additional services from such centers.
“Newly built health facilities will meet all the requirements and can accommodate more patients,” Dr Guna Raj Lohani, spokesperson at the MoHP, said.
Hundreds of thousands of quake victims remain without access to basic health care services since the devastating earthquake. At present, the government has been providing health care services to patients in many of the affected districts from tents and makeshift shelters.