Kathmandu, November 20
The government has allocated Rs 50 billion to construct 396 ‘basic hospitals’ across the country soon.
The Ministry of Finance says Finance Minister Bishnu Paudel has consented to a proposal of the Ministry of Health and Population to build the hospitals. Consequently, the ministry has allocated Rs 57.97 billion.
Finance Ministry Spokesperson Rameshwar Dangal says all the hospitals will be built within the next two years. Each of them will have five, 10 or 15 beds.
The budget will be calculated as a part of the annual budget of the Health Ministry although concerned local governments will be authorised to carry out the projects on their own. The local governments will receive the money from the federal government as a conditional grant.
The two ministers have agreed to lay foundation stones for all the hospitals on November 30.