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Nepal’s first wildlife hospital awaiting equipment to begin operation

File: Elephants at Chitwan National Park

Ratnanagar, May 19

The wildlife hospital set up at Sauraha of Chitwan National Park is yet to come into operation for the delay in supply of equipment.

It is the first wildlife hospital in Nepal established for the treatment of injured and sick wild animals.

Research officer at Suraha office of the National Nature Conservation Trust, Baburam Lamichhane, informs the hospital building has been useless for the want of equipment.

The building was constructed at the cost of Rs 24 million provided jointly by the Trust, and World Wildlife Fund’s Denver Zoo of America.

The Chitwan National Park will own the hospital, Dr Lamicchane says, adding that the Park itself will buy the equipment now.

Then Minister for Forest Mahesh Acharya had laid the foundation stone for the hospital building, which was aimed to be completed by March 6, 2015.

Deputy Director at Department of National Parks and Wildlife Reserve, Gopal Prasad Bhattarai, meanwhile, says the hospital would come into operation next year.

“Management of wildlife hospital is not easy. It is a sensitive issue, so its operation is delayed,” he underscores.

He further says the medicine for the treatment of wild animals need to be imported and Nepal government has to urge the other governments for it.

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Published on May 19th, Sunday, 2019 1:27 PM


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