Republica National Daily
February 21, 2019, Krishna Kisi- BHAKTAPUR, Feb 21: To a great joy of the locals, Bhaktapur Municipality is set to start its own hospital service. With this, the municipality is going to be the first among six metropolis and the 293 municipalities across the country to operate its own hospital. President of Nepal Worker's and Peasant's Party, Narayan Man Bijukchhe is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the hospital building amid a program on Thursday morning.
"It will be called Khwopa Hospital and will be 25 bedded for now," said Sunil Prajapati, mayor of Bhaktapur Municipality. "We have done all necessary homework to start this hospital."
According to Prajapati, the news of the hospital has brought smiles on the face of Bhaktapur people and indeed for the right reason. Once the hospital comes into the function, people expect to have easy access to health services.
"We have been mulling over establishing the hospital for a long time now. We looked for land, planned for constructing the building, and then thought for a name," said Prajapati. "On Thursday we are going to lay the foundation stone of the proposed building and then the rest of the work will speed up."
An excavator had been working on making the site of the hospital's building even since the last one month. With the topography of the land corrected, the land is now ready for starting the construction of the building, Prajapati said.
"There are six metropolitan cities across the country. Ours is a municipality. And yet, we are going to construct a huge hospital. This is a great achievement for us," elated Prajapati stated.
Even though people had very high expectations from Kathmandu Municipality, it is yet to make any tangible progress in this regard. Let alone opening something like a hospital for the general public, the municipality has failed to take actions even against the chronic issues like that of dust, smoke and haphazard parking. Similarly, KMC has not been able to ensure a sufficient number of public toilet and safe drinking water services. In contrast, Bhaktapur Municipality has scored impressively in several fronts.
Prior to this, Bhaktapur Municipality is running excellent academic institutions namely
"After the 1998 election, we had been able to open up seven colleges here including the Khwopa Engineering College. Now, after winning in the last local level election, we have now preparing to operate a hospital. There are strategies we are working on in order to fulfill the promises made to the people," Prajapati said.