KOICA officially handed over the newly constructed building of Mugu District Hospital to the Ministry of Social Development of Karnali Province.

The hospital was constructed under the project 'Improving Maternal and Child Health Care in Mugu' with a total budget of five million USD from the Government of the Republic of Korea.

The building was virtually inaugurated by Social Development Minister of Karnali Province, Yagya Bahadur Budha Chettri along with the physical presence of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Park Chong-suk.

The event was attended by Rom Bahadur Mahat, Chief District Officer, local parliamentarians, Country Director of KOICA Sunghoon Ko, and other local government stakeholders and implementing agencies.

KOICA constructed the 50-bed hospital building, provided state-of-theart medical equipment for better access to quality health service of Mugu people. In addition to this, through this project, KOICA in partnership with UNICEF strengthened the health system to provide quality. The project also implemented activities to improve the behaviour of caregivers, parents, families and communities in maternal, newborn and child health care practice in Mugu.

On the occasion, the minister appreciated the gesture from the Government of Korea to Nepal and added that the hospital would be a model hospital of Karnali Province. He added that the support would be instrumental in continuing its quality health care services without any disruption in the post-COVID situation for the people of Mugu.

The ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal hoped that this assistance would support to provide effective and efficient health services to the people of Karnali Province and he expressed that he would do his best to support Nepal's development process.

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