Kathmandu: Balen Shah, mayor of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, inspected the Gyaneshwor-based Urban Health Promotion Center on Wednesday.
Balen observed the Health Promotion Center, an initiative by former Health Minister Gagan Thapa, for about half an hour. Mayor Shah had reached the Center at 8:30 in the morning.
During the inspection, Mayor Shah also had a discussion about the Center with its doctors, other health professionals, and employees.
After inspecting the Health Center, Mayor Shah responded that the health center was well managed. “The Kathmandu Metropolis is also planning to build such centers in its wards. This Center is actually a model for the metropolis to build health centers,” said Shah, also showing concern about the modality to operate the center.
Responding to Shah, Pratap Paudel, advisor to Gagan Thapa said, “It costs Rs 10 million annually to operate the center.”
“Can the center sustain itself?” Mayor Shah asked Paudel.
The Center has been regularly providing OPD, maternity, pediatric, orthopedic, among other health services to the general public.