Nepal | July 15, 2020

Govt issues COVID-19 Unified Hospital Operation Order

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, May 21

The government has issued the COVID-19 Unified Hospital Operation Order-2020 to utilise Nepal APF Hospital as a unified health facility for the treatment of patients infected with novel coronavirus.

The order was developed and issued in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2 of the Infectious Disease Act- 1964. The order has come into effect with its publication in the Nepal Gazette on May 18.

As per the order, the government has designated the Balambu-based hospital as a unified health facility for identification, prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 patients in an integrated manner.

The unified hospital shall mobilise health workers to serve the purpose of the order.

Section 5 of the order stipulates a provision of a seven-member steering committee headed by secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population.

Other members include chief of Birendra Military Hospital, chief of Nepal Police Hospital, chief of Nepal APF Hospital, two medical experts and chief accountant of Nepal APF Hospital.

The functions, duties and powers of the unified hospital is to make arrangements for human resource and logistics, maintain coordination with the MoHP and other concerned agencies and recommend for necessary budget and other resources, among others, to the MoHP.

There is also a provision of a seven-member operations committee chaired by the chief of Nepal APF Hospital to carry out operation, oversight and coordination with regard to daily business of the unified hospital. According to the order, the unified hospital shall provide services related to acute respiratory infection clinic, ICU ward, COVID-19 ward for suspected cases, COV- ID-19 positive ward, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy.

The order said the number of beds to be placed at the unified hospital shall be determined on the basis of requirement and availability of human resource and infrastructure.

Nepal APF Hospital will not provide regular services as long as it is operated as a unified hospital. However, services to be delivered by its subordinate hospitals at the provincial level will remain unchanged.

The unified hospital may also utilise human resource for medical equipment of government, private, community and cooperative hospitals as per need. “Special measures shall be adopted for the safety of doctors and health workers mobilised in the unified hospital, along with personal protective equipment consistent with the standards set by the World Health Organisation,” read the order.

The unified hospital shall provide food and other necessary logistics to patients admitted for COVID-19 treatment.

“The Ministry of Finance will allocate full budget for the operation of the unified hospital.

Patients will be entitled to treatment free of cost,” it said.

If any COVID-19 patient dies in the course of treatment, the body shall be managed in accordance with the protocol developed by the government.


A version of this article appears in e-paper on May 22, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

US budget deficit hits all-time high of $864 billion in June

WASHINGTON: The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the deficit hit $864 billion last Read More...

Apple says full return to offices not until the end of the year: Bloomberg News

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has told its staff that a full return to US offices will not occur before the end of the year, Bloomberg News reported on Monday, citing an internal video message. The company is also pushing staff to work remotely as the virus forces the company to shut some of its stores agai Read More...

UN expert accuses White House of 'onslaught' against media

GENEVA: The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom. In his last official press briefing before his six-year tenure ends later this month Read More...

Swollen rivers erode embankments in Rautahat

RAUTAHAT, JULY 13 Increase in water level in the Bagmati and Bakaiya rivers has led to erosion of embankments and river banks in Rautahat. In Rajdevi Municipality, the Bagmati river has started eroding the embankment in the northeast of Brahmapuri. With this, a number of places including Mudaw Read More...

Makawanpur district

318 return to Makawanpur from third countries

HETAUDA, JULY 13 A total of 318 people returned home from third countries to Makawanpur in the last one month. These people returned home after the government rescued them from various countries. Makawanpur District Coordination Committee Chief Raghunath Khulal said that 318 people coming from Read More...

Many hope to make a killing collecting driftwood

RAJBIRAJ, JULY 13 While the monsoon brings worries for many people, it has brought cheers to the residents of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality in Saptari. According to Gulten Mandal of Hanumannagar Kankalini, hundreds of people gather at the Koshi Barrage on a daily basis to collect dri Read More...

90 per cent paddy plantation over in Banke

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 13 Around 90 per cent paddy plantation has been completed in Banke so far. Timely completion of the plantation is expected to increase yield. Agriculture Knowledge Centre Banke Chief Sagar Dhakal said 90 per cent paddy plantation was completed in Banke. “Rain water and Sik Read More...

Banke schools to resume classes

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 13 With the number of COVID-19 cases declining, Raptisonari Rural Municipality in Banke has prepared to resume operation of schools from July 30. The rural municipality meeting held among people’s representatives, political parties and head teachers under the chairmanship of Read More...