Posted by Shefali Oza
We are pleased to announce that Nyaya Health, in collaboration with the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population, opened Bayalpata Hospital this morning. The hospital, which was built over 20 years ago, has never been operational until now. We now have a functional outpatient department, emergency ward, maternity/delivery ward, laboratory, and pharmacy services. As with our previous Sanfe Bagar Medical Clinic, all of our services are provided free of charge.
Originally meant to be the size of a district hospital, Bayalpata Hospital has 6 clinical buildings, a mess hall, and 2 staff quarters that can be used. At this time, we have renovated 2 clinical buildings, the mess hall, and the staff quarters. In the coming several months, we will expand our services to include voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, an expanded program of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis patients, a hospital- and community-based malnutrition program for children, and an anti-retroviral program for AIDS patients. Over the next few years, we aim to renovate the remaining hospital buildings to house an inpatient ward, digital x-ray machine, and surgical center.
Since we moved all of our equipment and supplies from our previous clinic to this hospital, we were able to start services quickly. Over the next few weeks, we will acquire the necessary supplies to make the hospital rooms fully functional, including more patient and examination beds. Additionally, we now have extensive storage space to keep a 3 month surplus of pharmaceutical, laboratory, medical, and office supplies. This surplus is necessary for the hospital to run smoothly without running out of essential items, especially given the road closings during bandhs and monsoon season.
The official opening ceremony for Bayalpata Hospital will be on Thursday, July 2 at noon. At that time, our hospital opening will be announced to the general public throughout the district of Achham. We are very excited about the opportunity to renovate and operate this hospital. We thank all of you for your support in helping us expand essential healthcare services in Far Western Nepal.