Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel held discussions regarding converting the newly-built building of Bir Hospital into a 500-bed COV- ID-19 special hospital.

At the meeting held in his office in Singha Durbar today, DPM Pokharel, who also coordinates the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre, deliberated on utilising the new building for treating COVID-19 patients.

Present at the meeting were Chief Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, CCMC Office Secretary Khagaraj Baral and representatives of Bir Hospital, among others, according to DPM Pokhrel's press adviser Ganesh Pandey.

The government is preparing to operate isolation facility in the building constructed on the premises of Bir Hospital.

The government set up additional 1,000-bed isolation facilities in private and public hospitals in Kathmandu valley today to treat COVID-19 suspected and infected people.

CCMC has been exploring alternatives to fight against COVID-19 as the number of infected persons is increasing alarmingly in the country.

DPM Pokhrel held a telephone conversation with CDO of Banke district Shivaraj Gelal and took stock of the situation in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19, said press adviser Pandey.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.