OPD services to be run in two shifts in large hospitals

KATHMANDU, MAY 15: The government has announced the implementation of outpatient door (OPD) services in two shifts in hospitals equipped with sufficient resources and human capital. Presenting the government’s policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year in the joint session of the federal parliament yesterday, President Ramchandra Paudel stated that federal hospitals would be restructured based on their workloads. Bir Hospital, National Trauma Centre, Kanti Children’s Hospital, and other hospitals with adequate human resources will run OPD services in two shifts, while the infrastructure of Kanti Children’s Hospital will be upgraded to ensure state-of-the-art services.

“Kanti Children’s Hospital will be equipped with additional infrastructure construction and upgrades. Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre will be developed as an institution capable of producing specialists in Cardiology,” according to President Paudel’s announcement.

Similarly, the policies and programs document for the upcoming year has stated that the construction of hospitals, which are in the final stages of the procurement process, will commence, and federal hospitals or health science academies at the provincial level will be upgraded to 500 beds respectively. “Human organ transplant institutions and services will be upgraded and expanded. Special programs will be conducted for safe motherhood and disease control. A free screening program for the prevention of cervical cancer and vaccination services for girls aged 10 to 14 years will be extended to district hospitals,” the President read while unveiling the policies and programs document.

As announced, the public health surveillance system will be strengthened for pandemic prevention, control, and preparedness and response to health emergencies, and health personnel will be deployed at border and entry points. “A separate institutional arrangement will be made for the prevention of non-communicable diseases. An action plan based on the ‘One Health Policy’ will be implemented to minimize probable adverse effects on human health from animals, plants, and the environment.”