dōTERRA Healing Hands™ funded Hospital in Nepal Opens to Care for COVID-19 Patients
Gokulganga Rural Municipal Hospital, built by CHOICE Humanitarian Nepal, will assist nearly 60,000 people from parts of Ramechhap and Dolakha districts.
April 9 2020 – Two years ago, doTERRA Healing Hands announced a partnership with CHOICE Humanitarian Nepal to build a 16-bed rural hospital in the Ramechhap district of Nepal, approximately 200 km east of Kathmandu. The construction of the hospital’s service and treatment areas was recently completed, and Mr. Khadga Sunwar, Mayor of Gokulganga, decided to open the hospital ahead of any public grand opening to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The hospital is the largest infrastructure of its size in the region and will be used to quarantine villagers who were exposed to COVID-19 while abroad, and if needed, treat any who are infected.
“The timing of the opening couldn’t have been better for the tens of thousands of Nepalese from Ramechhap and Dolakha districts who were ordered to return to their home villages as part of the nation-wide lockdown,” said David Stirling, Founding Executive and CEO of doTERRA. “Local leaders were worried about how to prepare for an influx of people and potential infection, but the timely completion of the hospital will alleviate that concern and provide the critical support needed during this time. We appreciate the efforts of CHOICE and our doTERRA Healing Hands team to move this project forward, and we are grateful that it will fulfil an immediate need.”
The hospital is the only medical facility of its kind in the area and is supported by the local municipality that used emergency relief funds to bring in a medical team, hospital beds and supplies. The hospital opened on March 28th and is serving patients.
“It’s wonderful to see the vision that CHOICE and doTERRA Healing Hands had over two years ago become reality, particularly during a time when critical care is so drastically needed,” said Prateek Sharma, In-country Director for CHOICE Nepal. “The opportune completion of Gokulganga Rural Municipal Hospital means that nearly 60,000 Nepalese will have access to the health care they need to avert crisis in this area. We look forward to celebrating with a proper grand opening in the future when public health and travel constraints will allow us all to gather and appropriately honour this accomplishment.”
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