Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal on Monday laid the foundation of Provincial Infectious Disease Hospital in Dharan. The hospital with 50 beds is being developed at Sundarharaicha Municipality on the land owned by BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS).

Vice-Chancellor of BPKIHS Prof Dr Gyanendra Giri, Social Development Minister of Province 1 Hikmat Karki, among others, were present in the programme.

The hospital would provide specialised health care service on infectious diseases to the people of the province, said Prof Dr Mohan Chandra Regmi, Registrar of BPKIHS.

The hospital is being constructed as per the federal government's policy to establish 50-bed infectious disease control hospital in each province after the outbreak of coronavirus disease. To this end, the 44th Senate Meeting of BPKIHS decided to provide its land for the hospital building at Sundarharaicha.

Federal government shall provide the budget to provincial government for the hospital construction, Regmi shared. The federal government has allocated Rs 80 million for development of the hospital in this fiscal year.

After completion of the hospital, a joint technical team from the provincial government and BPKIHS would operate and manage the hospital. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the provincial government and BPKIHS to this regard on Monday.