KOICA-funded earthquake-resilient health post building inaugurated in Nuwakot

Three years after the 2015 earthquake, the Belkot municipality finally unveiled a modern, earthquake-resistant and disabled-friendly health post with general medical services and berthing facility.


Honorable State Minister for Health and Population Ms. Padma Kumari Aryal, Korean Ambassador H.E Park, Young-Sik, UNDP Deputy Country Director Sophie Kemkhadze jointly inaugurated the newly build Belkot Health Post on Tuesday in Belkot, Nuwakot.


It is one of the 10 health posts being constructed in Nuwakot district with the funding from KOICA and UNDP's technical and operational assistance, from initial damage assessment and safe demolition, debris management to site preparation and reconstruction.


These health post buildings, built based on modern Korean technology, are anticipated to last for more than 30 years. These 10 health posts, once reconstructed in the next few months, will directly benefit over 28,000 people in the district.


The Belkot health post and all other nine health posts under construction are disabled friendly and there is a provision for birthing center. Taking into consideration the importance of safe disposable of hospital waste, all the health posts are well equipped with hospital waste management system and health post staff were trained on safe waste management.


On the same day, State Minister Aryal and Korean Ambassador also laid the foundation stone of Trisuli Hospital Nuwakot building being supported by the Korean government on Tuesday 24 April 2018. "There has been a significant progress in the post-earthquake reconstruction. We are thankful to our development partners who have helped us bring smiles to the faces of people through their crucial support in the reconstruction of health post and other public infrastructure," said Aryal.


Opening the fully furnished health post in Belkot, Korean Ambassador Park Young-sik said he is hopeful that new modern health post will make health services more accessible to the local people.


UNDP's Deputy Country Director said since community engagement, capacity building and livelihoods recovery were priority areas for UNDP, the health post reconstruction process also included training of local masons on safer reconstruction. "In building back these health post, more than 600 local people were provided temporary employment through cash for work scheme," said Kemkhadze. "In addition, over 80 local masons were trained on disaster resilient reconstruction, forming a pool of local capacity on recovery and reconstruction."

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