Kathmandu: Minister for Health and Population, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said 2028 free beds will be available in government health facilities for indigent, helpless and neglected patients beginning tomorrow. Accordingly, Gangalal National Heart Centre will set aside 90 beds, Maternity Hospital Thapathali 450 beds, Kanti Child Hospital 60 beds and National Trauma Center 150 beds for the target groups. They have announced to provide 10 percent of beds to the target groups. Prior to this, Bir, the country’s largest hospital announced to provide 700 beds free of charge and the Koshi Hospital in Morang decided to ensure 330 free beds.
Minister Basnet shared about the government plan to add the number of free beds in the central government healthcare facilities. According to the Minister, some budget shall be managed through hospitals’ internal sources while remaining shall be managed by the ministerial-level to adjust with an additional economic burden due to the free services. Describing ‘the right to health is the citizens’ constitutional right’, he stressed that all hospitals should follow the rule to provide 10 percent of beds free of charge to the needy.