US hands over birthing center in Dhanusha

Himal Press 29 Mar 2024
US hands over birthing center in Dhanusha

KATHMANDU: The US government has built a birthing center in Dhanusha district with an investment of $1.2 million.

Funded by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and built by the people of Nepal, the center will be a critical health resource for thousands of women and infants in the Janakpur area, the US Embassy said in a statement issued on Friday.

“This expansion is a direct response to the serious public health challenges Nepalis in the region are facing with regard to maternal health. The new birthing center will expand the province’s access to basic health services by adding over 72 beds to the hospital,” the embassy added in the statement.

The center is equipped to handle a high volume of patients and is staffed by a team of dedicated government healthcare professionals committed to improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the region.

Speaking at the handover ceremony on Friday, US Ambassador to Nepal, Dean R Thompson, said the Dhanusha Birthing Center stands as a testament to US commitment to maternal and infant health in Nepal. “With its doors now open, the birthing center promises a new era of improved healthcare access aiming to significantly reduce the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth,” he added.

This is the second birthing center supported by the United States’ DOD in Nepal in the past two years. The Birthing Center in Morang, which has 72 beds and serves thousands of women, was built in 2022.

Published On: 29 Mar 2024


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