Birgunj unlikely to open ‘coronavirus’ hospital

Narayani Sub-regional Hospital is the only government hospital in Birgunj. However, it is under-equipped, complain locals.

Birgunj, April 13

After the confirmation of three coronavirus positive cases in the city, stakeholders in Birgunj demanded that the authorities establish a special hospital dedicated to the coronavirus infection. However, their hope is unlikely to materialise anytime soon.

Earlier, the Province 2 government had announced to establish coronavirus-dedicated hospitals in Kalaiya of Bara and Jaleshwar of Mahottari. Now, the stakeholders in the city demand that the next one is established in Birgunj.

Birgunj mayor Bijaya Sarawagi complains that provincial and federal governments have not heeded his demand for the hospital. The metropolitan city’s advisor Govinda Devkota says discussions were held repeatedly about establishing the hospital by renting the space of Birgunj Health Care Hospital, but no conclusion was achieved. He also blames the provincial government for the failure.

The provincial government is not interested to open rent a private facility’s space even though there are not sufficient government facilities that could be developed as coronavirus-dedicated hospitals, it has been learned.

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