Kathmandu: Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khadka has pledged to accelerate the vaccination drive against COVID-19, citing the adequacy of vaccines in the country.
Inaugurating the newly inaugurated building of Trishuli Hospital in Nuwakot on Monday, Minister Khatiwada urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 without any hesitation.
According to him, the government had already secured vaccines for people below 18 years and vaccination centres would be set up in schools to bring them under the ambit of vaccination. He also shared that preparation was afoot to set up
16,000 vaccination centres across the country to provide vaccines to all targeted populations. The Minister shared that over 30 million vaccines doses were in pipeline while booster doses would be provided to the public very soon.
“Discuss for this is underway in the council of ministers. A decision would be made soon.” On the occasion, Bagmati Province’s Minister for Health Nima Lama said that they would monitor the district hospital to identify their needs.
Minister Lama also pledged all sorts of facilities and support from the provincial government to the public healthcare centres in Nuwakot. A five-bed dialysis facility would be set up in Nuwakot soon, according to him.
The 50-bed newly inaugurated hospital building was built in support of KOICA. The Hospital had been rendering healthcare services in temporary shelters following Gorkha Earthquake since all the physical infrastructures in the Hospital were damaged in the quake in 2015.
Superintendent of the Hospital Dr Dipendra Pandey called for enhancing the capacity of the hospital by increasing the beds in the hospital.