Head of Development Partnership and Reconstruction wing of the Embassy of India in Nepal and Project Director of Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of National Reconstruction Authority signed four memorandums of understanding for reconstruction of 25 health posts in Nepal.

Of them, 12 health posts are located in Dhading district and 13 are in Sindhupalchowk district, and these health posts that were damaged during the 2015. The health posts will be reconstructed at a cost of Rs 530 million, said the embassy.

On the same occasion, four contract agreements to award the work to successful bidders were also signed between CLPIU (Building) and contractors. The Central Building Research Institute-Roorkee, a premier institute of India in the field earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will be providing technical assistance for the reconstruction. According to the embassy, these 25 health posts are the first batch of 147 health sector projects being reconstructed by NRA under the Government of India reconstruction grant of US $ 50 million for health sector in ten districts of Nepal. The remaining projects are in advanced stage of tender process.

The CBRI- Roorkee, a premier institute, will provide technical hand-holding for construction of these health facilities.

The health facilities will have OPD, dispensary, medicine store rooms, ante/post-natal room, bedrooms for duty doctors/medical staff, kitchen and disability friendly sanitation facilities.

The Government of India has been engaged with Government of Nepal in strengthening the infrastructure facilities in the health sector. Under Government of India funded Small Development Projects scheme, over 40 health posts/health camps have been completed in Nepal since 2003.

India has also gifted over 823 ambulances to various organisations in Nepal since 1994. The Government of India remains committed to continuing its development partnership with Nepal, said the embassy in a press release.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 27, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.