Nepal | June 03, 2020

Govt issues new National Health Policy

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 4

The government has issued a new National Health Policy in line with the right to health guaranteed by the constitution, list of functions to be carried out by all three levels of government, relevant policies, international commitments made by Nepal, challenges in health sector and achievements made so far in relation to providing health services to citizens.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the new policy will substitute its 2014 counterpart. The constitution has established health as the fundamental right of citizens. The policy aims to maintain the achievements made in the control of communicable diseases, achieve Sustainable Development Goals, reduce infant and maternity mortality rate, and move towards controlling non-communicable diseases, better management of medical emergency and ensuring quality health services to all citizens, including senior citizens, physically and mentally disabled, single women, poor, marginalised communities and communities at risk.

“The new policy was needed to deliver health services to all citizens as per the federal set-up. This policy is based on the guiding principles of free basic health services, equitable access to health services, reform in health system consistent with the federal structure, use of innovative technologies and quality health services, multi-sectoral partnership and collaboration and health good governance to guarantee the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution,” the policy states.

The vision of this policy is to enable all Nepali citizens to live a quality life with good physical, mental, social and emotional health. “The objectives of the policy will be to create an environment in which all citizens enjoy the right to health; develop, expand and improve health service system in accordance with the federal set-up; ensure quality standards of services to be provided from all levels of health institutions; enhance health security; promote ayurvedic and traditional medical practices, among others,” it states.

In order to achieve the vision and objectives of this policy, the government will develop and expand promotional, preventive, curative and diagnostic services throughout the country; enhance government investment in health sector; make private sector investment service-based; develop trained and skilled human resources; make service providers accountable and responsible; ensure domestic production of essential drugs; make the import, storage, supply, sale and price determination of drugs scientific; adopt public health disaster preparedness; develop integrated health system; promotion of nutrition; encourage research and study; develop and expand oral, ENT and specialised health services to all levels; increase life expectancy of citizens; and reduce infant and maternity mortality.

The policy has also identified key challenges to the health sector. It said health services had yet to reach to the citizens from all regions, strata, class and community as envisaged in the constitution. Emergence of new communicable diseases and increase in non-communicable diseases are posing a threat to public health and productivity of citizens. Non-communicable diseases account for over 60 per deaths in the country, it states. Growing incidents of natural disasters and road accidents are among the key challenges to health sector.

According to the policy, unplanned urbanisation, urban lifestyle and pollution have made it difficult for the government to expand health services focusing on poor and marginalised communities in urban areas.



A version of this article appears in print on January 05, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Tropical storm kills 17 in El Salvador and Guatemala

SAN SALVADOR: Rains from Tropical Storm Amanda left at least 17 dead and seven missing while causing extensive damage across El Salvador and Guatemala that pushed thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic. EL Salvador Interior Minister Mario Durán said Monday some 7,000 peo Read More...

FAs demand action

KATHMANDU: Four district Football Associations on Monday requested Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to intervene at the All Nepal Football Association’s activities to save football. The presidents of four FAs — Birat Jung Shahi (Kathmandu), Purushottam Thapa (Lalitpur), Gautam Sujakhu (Bhaktapur) Read More...

SpaceX captures the flag, beating Boeing in cosmic contest

CAPE CANAVERAL: The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game. They quickly claimed the prize left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the US. “Congratulations, SpaceX, you go Read More...

Is pedestrian and cycle-friendly mobility possible post-lockdown? 

Kathmandu   Cycling to his place of work, Dr Paban Sharma, Professor at Patan Academy of Health Sciences, has had to face the brunt of the police officials on more than one occasion. Ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24, Sharma’s preferred means of commute has been h Read More...

Nepal’s all-time top scorer Sabitra Bhandari 'Samba' features in

KATHMANDU: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of football, has written a feature on Nepal’s all-time scorer Sabitra Bhandari 'Samba' on its website. has shared an account of how the 23-year-old Nepali footballer has real Read More...

Vatican Museums

Virtual no more - real Michelangelo awes again in Vatican Museums

VATICAN CITY: If you've ever dreamed of being in the Sistine Chapel without feeling like you are craning your neck in a packed open-top tourist bus, now is your chance. The Vatican Museums re-opened to the public on Monday after being closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus lock Read More...

Nepal Airlines Corporation, Airbus, aircraft, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Toulouse, France

Nepal Airlines operated 22 chartered flights during lockdown

Kathmandu, June 2 Although the government had restricted operations of domestic and international flights in the wake of nationwide lockdown, the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), has been conducting chartered flights under special conditions. According to the Corporation, a Read More...

Preparing schools for a changing digital landscape

In the last two decades, the world has witnessed a dramatic shift in both its educational and technical landscapes. Nepal has attempted to follow suit. I grew up in a middle class family in south eastern Nepal. We did not have a computer at home, let alone a cell phone. My family used a dial up p Read More...