After four months of inauguration, the National Trauma Centre is preparing to start full operation from mid-March.
Following the February 11 Supreme Court decision on ownership of NTC, it will be operated by Bir Hospital. Currently, it is in operation with 50 beds and provides outpatient department and emergency services along with minor surgeries. Patients who need to be admitted are shifted to Bir Hospital. The centre has five major operation theaters.
“As the facility had remained unused for a long time, the operation theatre has to be renovated. Similarly, we need to fix the lights and other necessary materials. We have already informed the Embassy of India about the matter. The contractor has also been informed about the work to be done. The centre will begin its services in a full-fledged manner from mid-March,” Dr Ganesh Gurung, Vice Chancellor at National Academy of Medical Sciences, said.
Currently, 150 to 200 people visit the facility on a daily basis and three to four minor surgeries are carried out. “For now we have all the necessary equipment as well as doctors and nurses. Once the OT is ready, the indoor services will also be available. So we will be appointing more staff as necessary,” he added.
Anesthesiologist, radiologist, pathologist, clinical orthopedics and neuro surgeon will be on duty at the centre while the general surgeons will be available on call.
The Indian government had provided equipment for general orthopedic, general surgery, spinal surgery, C Arm (HI and DSA), CT scan, ICU monitoring system and monitors.
Funded by India, the centre has the capacity of 200 beds. It will have 150 beds in trauma ward, 14 in ICU, six in OT, eight in emergency observation, 10 in the outpatient department and 12 in other sections.
The centre did not come into operation for almost six years and is the second such facility in the South Asia region.
It was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on November 25.
According to government data, around three people die and 10 are injured every day due to road accidents in Nepal.
Road accident is the third common cause of disability in the country and nearly 70 per cent of these deaths occur among the productive age group of 15 to 64 years.
The National Trauma Centre’s foundation was laid in June 1997 by then Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral and then Nepali prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand. A Memorandum of Understanding for the facility was signed in July 2003 and construction began on October 10, 2006. The construction was completed on July 11, 2009.