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Nepal’s first Hospital celebrates the completion of 130 years

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, the oldest hospital of Nepal, has planned to add 20 new beds to its ICU in near future, Director of NAMS Dr Kedar Prasad Shenchuri said this on the occasion of Bir Hospital’s 130th anniversary.
Addressing a function organised to mark the hospital’s anniversary at the hospital premises on Sunday, Dr. Shenchuri said that Bir Hospital had remained a central referral hospital of government with VVIP and VIP suites and has been successful in identifying it as an international standard hospital.
Dr Senchuri said that the construction of new building with 100 beds in 17 ropanis of land on the premises of the hospital was completed in the assistance of JICA.
“We have a plan to add 20 beds in its ICU in near future,” said Dr Shenturi, adding the hospital have only 20 ICU beds for post-surgery ward which is very nominal number considering the higher flow of patients.
The hospital which was established in 1890 in the name of Rana Prime Minister Bir Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana initially had seven beds with five employees.
Now, the hospital boasts of 460 beds and is equipped with modern technology and equipment. The hospital now provides more than 80 kinds of health services, including gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry.
Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav said that the government was planning to make Bir Hospital a research centre and an institution providing qualitative medical services and education.
DPM Yadav said that the ministry was concerned towards the lack of manpower in the hospital, adding that the ministry would conduct organisation and management (O and M) survey after completing the employee adjustment task.
Yadav asked the hospital staff members to utilise the infrastructures and equipment provided to the hospital. “The staff members and physicians must abide with the ethics and discipline,” said Yadav.
“We are working to connect public health with the digitalisation format,” said Yadav, adding anyone can get doctor’s appointment via mobile phones.
Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for Health and Population Surendra Kumar Yadav said Bir should focus on to become a centre of excellence saying the government has been investing high budget in this hospital.
State Minister Yadav also asked the hospital management for providing qualitative and accessible health services as well as provide medicines from the premises of the hospital pharmacies.
A report published by the hospital shows that a total of 4, 22,801 people had sought health services from emergency and out patients departments in the fiscal year 2018 / 19.
Likewise, 13,159 were inpatient who received different treatment facilities from the hospital. Similarly 6,877 patients received emergency and surgery related facilities.
According to a report of the hospital, it is the first hospital to introduce neurosurgery at the time when CT scan machine was not available in the country.
Bir Hospital was developed into the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002, which now functions under the Ministry of Health and Population. In the field of modern cardiology, Nepal’s first case of angiography, cath-lab and valve replacement were all done at Bir Hospital.

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