Reconstruction of health systems should remain top priority in Nepal: WHO

WHO says it remains committed to continue to support Nepal in fulfilling the health needs of the people affected by the disaster

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Dr Poonam K Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region (Photo Courtesy: www.opinion.bdnews24.com)

Six months since the devastating earthquake on 25 April, Nepal has come a long way in restoring essential health services in the most affected 14 districts, filling healthcare gaps and mitigating health-related consequences of the disaster.

"However, challenges continue," said Dr Poonam Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia Region. "The approaching winter and the ongoing need for trauma management, rehabilitation and mental health services to the affected population highlights the need for continued efforts for reestablishing health services at the earliest."

The Ministry of Health and Population, with support from WHO and other health partners, is training primary level health workers across the districts to identify and treat acute malnutrition.

Health workers are also being trained to screen and refer patients suffering from mental illnesses.

Intermediate injury rehabilitation centers for injured patients called "Step Down facilities" are being established, with technical support from WHO, by partners such as IOM in Sindupalchowk district.

 

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