DAMAULI: The Federal Government has set aside Rs 90 million for the GP Koirala Respiratory Treatment Centre in Shukla Gandaki Municipality in Tanahun district, which will be used to improve facilities for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.
The Centre will upgrade its health care facilities for the management of ventilators, ICU beds, oxygen plant setup, and oxygen tank with financial help from the Federal Government.
The Ministry of Finance recently agreed to assign Rs 2.95 billion throughout the country to 26 hospitals and nine regional hospitals. According to reports, Rs 60 million will be spent on handling five ventilators and ten ICU beds, as well as an oxygen plant and tank.
Dr. Ram Kumar Shrestha, the Centre’s Executive Director, said that the Federal Government’s financial assistance would enable the Center to treat more patients. Similarly, the Finance Ministry has agreed to provide Rs 3 million for the construction of an oxygen plant at Damauli Hospital.
The Gandaki Province Government had previously given Rs 7.5 million to Damauli Hospital for the construction of an oxygen factory. Even during the prohibitory order, the equipment required to set up an oxygen plant was procured from India, according to Hospital Development Committee Chairman Pradip Raj Adhikari.
Every day, the oxygen plant in Damauli Hospital can produce 10 cylinders of oxygen. Meanwhile, an 81-year-old Shukla Gandaki Municipality-5 resident died of Covid-19 on Monday at GP Koirala Respiratory Treatment Centre due to a lack of ICU room.