Nepal | August 22, 2019

Health facilities still operating from tents

Himalayan News Service

Okhaldhunga, October 13

Around half a dozen health facilities in Okhaldhunga have been providing health services  from makeshift tents after their buildings were destroyed in the 2015 quakes.

The buildings have yet to be rebuilt as the reconstruction process has failed to gain momentum. Tarkerabari Health Post of Likhu Rural Municipality, Khijichandeshwori and Ragani health posts of Khijidemba Rural Municipality, Phulbari Health Post of Champa Devi Rural Municipality, Sisnery Health Post of Sunkoshi Rural Municipality and Bigutar Health Post of Siddhicharan Municipality have been operating from makeshift tents.

UNICEF and WHO, among other organisations, had provided the tents to the health posts after the disaster. Health workers said tents could not be used as permanent structures. They said they had also been facing problems storing medicines.

District Health Office Chief Mohan Subedi said the health facilities were severely hit. The reconstruction process has been delayed due to confusion between National Reconstruction Authority and Building Division offices. Nawaraj Baniya at District  Health Office, Rumjatar, said health workers in different health facilities had been facing difficulties providing services to patients.

A version of this article appears in print on October 14, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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